Chest irradiation is associated with numerous early and late complications that arise from ionizing radiation-induced damage to cellular structures within the field of therapy. In patients exposed to chest irradiation at an early age as part of the treatment of childhood cancer, specifically Hodgkin's lymphoma, the increased risk of breast cancer in the long run should be considered. A case of a 35-year-old woman who exposed to chest irradiation as part of the treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 20 years is presented here and serves as a reminder of this somewhat overlooked complication. The article presents the evidence available for and against breast cancer screening in this particular patient population.

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Published in Oxford Medical Case Reports, v. 2016, issue 2, p. 17-18.

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