Jen from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia asked:

Can mammograms cause tumours to burst?

Woman having mammogram

I read that the squeezing of the breast during a mammogram can cause the cancer tumour to burst and spread the cancer cells to other parts of the body. Is this true?

Our answer

A mammogram is one of the best methods available to detect breast cancer. It is important that the breast tissue is squeezed to enable a clear x-ray image, however while there may be some discomfort, it will not cause a tumour to burst and spread to other parts of the body. It is important for women over the age of 50 have a mammogram every two years as early detection greatly improves the success of treatment.

This page was last updated on: June 30, 2014
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