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Breast CancerCheckup

Is This Test Necessary? Six Breast Cancer Procedures You May Not Need

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Genetic testing: look for other breast cancer risk factors first


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Mammogram: breast cancer screening tool no longer recommended starting at age 40


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Tumor marker test: unreliable and often unnecessary for most breast cancer survivors


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Pet scan/CT scan: other tests for breast cancer metastasis are more reliable


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Axillary dissection: once a critical breast cancer diagnostic tool, no longer necessary


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MRI: simpler breast cancer screening tests are often more appropriate


PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease. She manages a large and active online survivor support network based at her local hospital and shares her wisdom and experience with the greater community via HealthCentral.com.