What is the effect of radiation on breast cancer risk?

Updated: Dec 16, 2019
  • Author: Jessica Katz, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: Marie Catherine Lee, MD, FACS  more...
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Radiation, particularly to the chest or in the first decade of life, profoundly increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Studies involving patients who had received thoracic mantle radiation for Hodgkin lymphoma have repeatedly corroborated this risk.


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