COVID-19 vaccine could cause mammogram result confusion, doctors say
The patients have swollen lymph nodes, which is a rare sign of breast cancer.
“When we see that, we perk up and get worried,” said Dr. Lars Grimm of Duke Health.
Doctors are now learning this is caused by women who recently received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lymph nodes will be swollen on the side of the body the person received the shot.
“That’s a good thing, right, because that means that the vaccine’s working. Your body is responding. You’re having that immune reaction,” said Grimm.
The side effect, though, is that those lumps will show up a mammogram and give a false reading for breast cancer.
Grimm says women just need to do some planning.