Thank you for sharing your educational information on mammography. Mammography is used in the detections and diagnosis of breast cancer and breast disease using a low-dose x-ray system to view inside the breasts (Radiological Society of North America, 2017). They are used to screen for breast diseases well before the patient is able to experience or show symptoms and should be screened for breast diseases before the age of 40 if there is a family history of breast cancer or other breast diseases (Radiological Society of North America, 2017). The problem concerning validity and reliability is that since mammograms are able to detect even the smallest tumors with no symptoms very early, the patients may receive unnecessary treatment for something that is actually not considered life-threatening or benign and in women between the ages of 50 and 69, one in every three are in fact found not to have life-threatening breast diseases with no need of treatments (Medline Plus, 2017). Also, mammography tests are ideal in the detections of breast cancers or breast diseases but not with improving survival from breast cancer (Medline Plus, 2017). Different breast screening techniques that use genetics are being considered to monitor the breast diseases instead of unnecessarily treating them early on (Medline Plus, 2017). References Medline Plus. (2017). Study Casts More Doubt on Value of Mammograms. Retrieved from Radiological Society of North America. (2017). Mammography. Retrieved from
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