Raleigh, N.C. — Analysis exhibits the coronavirus vaccine is elevating purple flags on mammograms.
Between eight and 16 % of people that get the vaccine will develop swollen lymph nodes. Whereas the swelling generally is a signal that your physique is mounting a response to the virus and constructing antibodies, it may also be an indication of most cancers throughout a mammogram.
To keep away from a false optimistic on a mammogram, the Society of Breast Imaging has beneficial that ladies bear the screening both earlier than being vaccinated or wait 4 to 6 weeks after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
However Dr. Laura Thomas, a radiologist with Raleigh Radiology, discouraged girls from skipping the annual examine altogether throughout the pandemic.
“That mentioned, I might encourage girls to get your mammogram you probably have a symptom equivalent to breast ache or a lump,” Thomas mentioned. “A painful lump, that also must be checked out.”
She mentioned she hasn’t seen the identical side-effects in sufferers who’ve obtained a flu shot or the shingles vaccine.