Risk of X-rays from Mammograms

  • The risk is minimal.
  • Very low doses of x-rays are used similar to a chest x-ray.
  • Guidelines are followed to make sure mammogram equipment is safe and low doses of x-rays are used.
  • Mammograms every year of 100,000 women for 10 years beginning at age 40 would lead to at most 8 breast cancer deaths.