It's the annual test that many women dread: the mammogram. But for one stateliner, the inconvenience wound up being a life saver.
"I was surprised that I had that, because there was no history in my family, so I was very surprised and very concerned," said Karen Brickel, a breast cancer survivor.
Brickel battled breast cancer not once, but twice. The first time, doctors found a lump in an annual exam. The second time though, she has a mammogram entirely to thank.
"It was more aggressive and they were concerned with it moving to the lymph nodes," said Brickel. "I was fortunate that the mammogram detected the cancer at that time."
But a new study from Canada now questions just how effective these tests are. It found that getting a mammogram screening does not lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. SwedishAmerican Radiologist, Dr. Eric Cuasay, believes the research findings aren't the most reliable.
"I think overdiagnosis in any disease is always going to be there," said Dr. Cuasay. "Even though mammography may not be the perfect test, it's the best one we have."
Something Brickel seconds.
"I was just surprised by the study, and I do believe they help save lives and early detection is important," Brickel said.