Even with the established evidence which supports the long-term health risks and danger of mammograms, the medical community still pushes them like pancakes. Besides overdiagnosis and the unnecessary treatment of insignificant cancers, mammograms cause radiation-induced breast cancer themselves, increasing several risk factors for the disease.
Increases Breast Cancer Mortality
Mammography is the most widely used screening modality for breast cancer and with good reason for the medical community. It gives them more patients. Breast cancer screenings result in an increase in breast cancer mortality and fail to address prevention.
Diagnosis of cancers that would otherwise never have caused symptoms or death in a woman’s lifetime can expose a woman to the immediate risks of therapy (surgical deformity or toxicities from radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy), late sequelae (lymphedema), and late effects of therapeutic radiation (new cancers, scarring, or cardiac toxicity). Although the specific plan of oncologists is usually to recommend tailored treatments according to tumor characteristics, there is still no reliable way to distinguish which cancer would never progress in an individual patient; and consequently treatments are lumped into the “treat all just in case” just in case category.
Millions of women undergo them annually, but few are even remotely aware of just how many dangers they are exposing themselves to in the name of prevention, not the least of which are misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis and the promotion of breast cancer itself. (more…)
– Nearly all are given aggressive treatments even though they might never have experienced any symptoms during their lifetime
– Treatments can involve months of agony and have severe impact on life
– Over 99 per cent of those diagnosed with breast cancer will have surgery
– Dilemma for doctors is that it is not possible to distinguish between those for whom disease could be fatal, and those who will never have symptoms
About 4,000 women each year endure gruelling, unnecessary treatment for breast cancers that were not life-threatening, a review has found. (more…)
The breast cancer scare has women everywhere racing to get a mammogram in hopes that breast screening will safe their lives. But a new research report says breast screening harms as many women as it supposedly benefits. Researchers from the United Kingdom say women, who get regular mammograms, are at a high risk for false positives, meaning they will be rushed into cancer surgery for malignant cancer they don’t even have. (more…)
A new spin on mammograms has managed to take a badly flawed technology… and make it even worse.
Imagine that! (more…)
For women who want to avoid having their breasts flattened, which, by the way, can tear open tissues, (if you do have a tumor, it can burst that too causing it to spread) we have two new tests on the horizon for breast cancer.
Did you know that in medical school they actually teach doctors to handle breast lumps gingerly to avoid spreading any possible cancers, while in radiology school they seem to teach the exact opposite?
So, a new test that avoids the possible tearing of tissues is something you’d think would be received very well by both medicine and by women, and you’d be right. The mammogram industry, however, because our medicine is profit driven, is not going down without a fight. (more…)