Tuesday, April 5, 2011

X-Rays For Women

I received this in an email this morning.........

Dr. Mehmet Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women,
thyroid cancer.  It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the
increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and
mammograms.  He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for
your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped
around your neck.  Many dentists don't bother to use it.  Also, there is
something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms.  By
coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but
I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer.
I asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know.  You have to
ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?

Ladies.... speak up! Gentlemen...... encourage the women in your life to speak up.

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