Mammography Screening for A-T Heterozygotes

  • Amos Norman
  • H. Rodney Withers
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 77)


Swift et al (1992) have shown an increased incidence of breast cancer among A-T heterozygotes who had X-ray examinations five or more years prior to the diagnosis of the disease as compared to the incidence in the A-T heterozygotes who had not received such examinations. They assumed that the examinations were the cause for the increased incidence and suggested, therefore, that mammography screening may not be beneficial for A-T heterozygotes. We emphatically disagree: mammography screening is particularly beneficial for A-T heterozygotes whose risk for breast cancer is higher than for the general population.


Breast Cancer Mammography Screening Natural Background Radiation Cellular Radiosensitivity Background Radiation Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amos Norman
    • 1
  • H. Rodney Withers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation Oncology and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterUCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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