Re: Why do mammograms ...
Originally Posted by JBR
if a patient refuses to have it she (or even he - yes, they are sometimes done on men) runs the risk of ignoring the possible presence of a tumour which, if it continues to the next stage, can spread and become life threatening.
I did not at any stage suggest that patients don't get tested. What I said was I would advise against getting tested via a Mammogram. There ARE alternatives that don't involve radiating your body. They WILL become the norm.
Originally Posted by JBR
With all due respect, I'd suggest that in making statements such as "risking actually giving yourself cancer via repeated radiating mammograms" you are showing your lack of knowledge and understanding of the procedure. In addition, I should mention that 'big pharma' has nothing to do with mammography.
I understand it perfectly thanks JBR.
The typical claims that mammograms are merely 0.4 miliservets of radiation and that this doesn't matter are not something that sways me.
An entire year's worth of background radiation for someone in the US is 3 mSv per year. Hence every mammogram represents about 1/7th of your yearly background dose.
The crucial difference however is that your body is NOT being ultra compressed when you are walking, sitting and sleeping. Your body cells are in the normal shape and form.
With a mammogram you are doing 2 specific things.
Firstly you are massively compressing the breast tissue and cells, changing their shape and form
Secondly you are concentrating the full dose of that radiation solely to one part of the body, unlike background radiation which is spread across the entire body.
It's not a healthy procedure to have and it is sold/marketed/promoted solely on the basis of risk avoidance and the fact that the damage you are doing to yourself is worth the benefit of finding early any cancers.
People do need to do their research here as always and that means having a healthy dose of scepticism at any info the health industry itself puts out.
Women SHOULD get themselves checked but there ARE alternative procedures which do not irradiate you.
Mammograms generate a lot of false-positive results. In many cases this results in women heading down the cancer treatment route completely unnecessarily.
Mammograms will be ditched in the near future imho and rightly so.
Some research for you:
"Low-dose radiation from annual mammography screening may increase breast cancer risk in women with genetic or familial predisposition to breast cancer, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)."
"According to updated guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, women in their 40’s should not get routine mammograms for early detection of breast cancer."
"The group's previous recommendation was for routine screenings every year or two for women age 40 and older. They now recommend that before having a mammogram, women ages 40 to 49 should talk to their doctors about the risks and benefits of the test, and then decide if they want to be screened."
"While roughly 15 percent of women in their 40’s detect breast cancer through mammography, many other women experience false positives, anxiety, and unnecessary biopsies as a result of the test, according to data."
• "In July 1995, The Lancet again wrote about mammograms, saying "The benefit is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous ..."
• "Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute, said, "Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth.”
• "The high sensitivity of the breast, especially in young women, to radiation-induced cancer was known by 1970. Nevertheless, the establishment then screened some 300,000 women with Xray dosages so high as to increase breast cancer risk by up to 20 percent in women aged 40 to 50 who were mammogramed annually,” wrote Dr. Epstein. "
"According to study results, although the women received mammograms every other year, researchers instead found that the mammograms led to overdiagnosis 60 percent of the time."
"I don't think the accumulating data shows that continuing mammography screening is a good solution," lead researcher of the study Phillippe Autier from the University of Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health in Glasgow, UK told TIME."
Each to their own but I realised quite some time ago that, like it or not, we ARE engaged in a war on our health. We are being purposely made ill on multiple angles and using a wide variety of methods, all to keep us using expensive treatments and buying pharma drugs. We have to wake up to this.