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Buddy Check Seven: mammograms and MRI's


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- It's the seventh of the month, that means Buddy Check seven.  KWWL encourages women to perform monthly self breast exams.  Tell a buddy to do the same.  Early detection is key to a quick recovery.

Last month, a panel came out with new recommendations for breast exams.  They said if you're not at high risk of developing Breast Cancer, mammograms are only needed for people over the age of 50.

Last week, the Senate took its first steps in finalizing healthcare reform.  The Senate voted to approve an amendment that seeks to safeguard coverage for mammograms and other preventive tests for women.

A group of experts say ultrasound may be most effective in detecting breast cancers among women with dense breast tissue.

A Johns Hopkins study finds using ultrasounds annually, in addition to mammograms, significantly improves early detection of Breast Cancer among these women.

MRI's were also effective in picking up early stages of cancer, but researchers say the tests should be reserved for women with a very high risk for Breast Cancer.

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