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Controversy surrounding mammograms

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A Canadian study published this week in the British Medical Journal found that mammograms aren't as important as the American Cancer Society says they are.

Researches studied nearly 90,000 women between the ages of 40 and 59. The study found that there was very little difference in mortality rates between those who had mammograms and those who didn't.

Camilla Consuelos just celebrated the 5th anniversary of being cancer free. She said the mammogram was vital in her diagnosis.

"The difference between me talk to you today and being alive is the mammogram," Consuelos said. "Because the mammogram is the only reason I'm alive."

Consuelos was diagnosed by Dr. Bruce Schroeder, a radiologist at Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists. He said he firmly believes in mammograms.

"Mammography saves lives. It finds breast cancer before you're able to feel it. And that's when it's most treatable," Dr. Schroeder said.

Consuelos hopes the study doesn't deter women from getting a mammogram.

"Do a mammogram women," Consuelos said. "Don't let anybody tell you you don't need one."

To find out more information about Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists, visit their website at http://cbispecialists.com/.
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