Radiation Given to Children Can Cause Breast Cancer Later in Life

By Daniela Salvador

June 21, 2012 Updated Jun 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM EDT

Undated (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The radiation used to save the lives of children with cancer can raise their risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

A study of 1,200 women, who were treated with radiation as a child, found that 24 percent were diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 50.

The rates were as high as 30 percent for those who got higher doses of radiation.

Researchers say the risk among these women is similar to that of women who carry the breast cancer gene. They recommend women who were treated with radiation as a child to begin their annual mammograms at the age of 25.

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