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Should CLL patients get annual mammograms?

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Should CLL patients get annual mammograms?

Answer: Yes. Those with CLL must remain diligent with all secondary cancer screenings. Screening for breast cancer with a mammogram would be one of those. This is because those with CLL are more at risk for many secondary cancers, simply because CLL causes our immune system to not be as good as it should be. So, a CLL patient should be even more vigilant than those without CLL when it comes to having appropriate checks and tests for other cancers. That means mammograms, skin cancer checks, PSA tests, etc., are as important as ever.