A southern California friend sent me this email today.
Precautions re Mammograms and Dental XRays/ A Useful Warning
On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show 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, I had my
yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about
the guard and sure enough,the technician had one in a drawer. I asked
why it wasn't routinely used.
Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it."
Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?