According to a recent article posted in CNN Health, “Mammogram Technology May Be Doing More Harm Than Good.”
For years, there has been controversy about the effectiveness of mammograms’ diagnostic capabilities. However, when an industry proves very profitable and there is an unsuspecting audience that is willing to participate in the fear based propaganda, the emphasis is not placed on the safety of the patient, but rather the bottom line in net profit and dollars.
According to Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, MD, “Contrary to popular belief and assurances by the U.S. media and the cancer establishment- the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Cancer Society (ACS) mammography is not a technique for early diagnosis. In fact, breast cancer has usually been present for about eight years before it can finally be detected.”
Here is food for thought about the clear and present danger from mammograms:
1. Increased Cancer Risk
As early as 1928, Dr. D.T. Quigley warned physicians about the dangers of spreading cancer cells through the compression of the mammogram. It is only logical that if there are any small, undetected tumors already developing in the breast, that painful compression could easily spread malignant cells through the circulatory and lymphatic system.
A mammogram is X-ray radiation delivered to very sensitive tissue. A typical mammogram delivers 1000 times more radiation than a chest x-ray. How many people would be willing to stand in front of an x-ray machine for 1000 chest x-rays?
In fact, premenopausal women receiving annual screenings for 10 years are exposed to 1 rad of radiation per year. Each rad, increases the breast cancer risk by 1%. So after 10 years, the exposure results in a cumulative 10% increase in Breast Cancer risk. (National Academy of Sciences, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Washington, DC, 1972)
3 . Increased Cancer Risk for High Risk Women
A recent study conducted in France(as reported by Pubmed.gov, 9-2011), highlighted the existence of breakage of DNA strands induced by mammography. The low dose and a Low and Repeated Dose (LORD) of mammograms exacerbated the DNA strand breakage in patients who were considered at high risk. High risk patients would be those who had a family history of cancer.
In other words, if you have a family history of cancer, repeated mammograms may very well increase the possibility of the development of Breast Cancer.
4. No Valid Scientific Evidence for Mammograms
Terry Matlen reported in a 2009 article posted on HealthCentral.com that nine FDA scientists had raised the red flag and shared their concerns about mammograms in a letter to president-elect Obama, alleging that “gross mishandling by FDA managers was putting the country at risk.”
“[T]he scientists cited a breakdown of the independent scientific review process at the FDA as far back as 1998, when Tom Daschle, Mr. Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote about the issue in his book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.”
Daschle noted that these devices were not backed by clinical evidence showing they were effective in detecting breast cancer, thus causing undue biopsies for thousands and thousands of women.
A radiation free and pain free adjunctive screening tool is Thermography. Breast thermography is a 15 minute non invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.
The benefit of breast thermography is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.
Thermography can detect the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR you during and after any treatment.
For a list of Certified Thermographists in your area, click here.
Be aware of the clear and present dangers from mammograms and practice safe prevention by utilizing several screening tools. For a comprehensive discussion about early detection of Breast disease, order your FREE Shocking Truth E book.
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