Friday, March 04, 2011

Always ask for a neck guard when getting dental X-rays and mammograms

At the dentist- ask for a neck guard!   At a mammogram ask for a neck guard and an apron guard!

This is interesting information most of us are not aware of...

On his September 28, 2010 show, Dr. Oz  featured information on the fastest growing cancer in women,  thyroid cancer.  It was a very interesting program and he mentioned  that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays  and mammograms.  He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted  up and wrapped around your neck.  Many dentists don't bother to use  it.  Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms.  By coincidence, a woman had her yearly mammo.  She felt a little silly, but she asked about the guard and sure enough,  the technician had one in a drawer.  She asked why it wasn't  routinely used. 

Answer: "I don't know, they have to  ask."

Well, if she hadn't seen the show, how would she have known  to ask?

Please forward this to your family and friends.