Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Perhaps no aspect of breast cancer is more widely publicized than screening
mammography. Ads on television, in magazines, and in the daily paper
urge women to deal with fear about breast cancer by having a yearly
mammogram. We're even told that doing this is a way to "really
care for yourself."
But screening mammograms don't prevent breast cancer. A mammogram is
an x-ray and x-rays cause cancer. The ads promoting regular screening
mammography are paid for by those who stand to profit from their widespread
acceptance and use-the manufacturers of the equipment and x-ray film.
Whose health does this technology really benefit? Women's health? Or
Should you have a screening mammogram? At what age? How frequently?
Science hasn't agreed on answers to these questions.1 I believe that
my anti-cancer lifestyle (see page xv) will decrease my risk of dying
from breast cancer in a way that regular mammograms won't. I care for
my breasts with infused herbal oils, regular loving touch, organic foods,
and healthy exercise-and forgo regular screening mammograms. Of course,
you can do it all in the Wise Woman Tradition. The point is to pay attention
to your breasts.
Read the rest of Chapter 5 (click on any
Mammograms - Who needs
can't tell if there's cancer.
don't replace breast self-exams.
screening increases risk of breast cancer mortality in premenopausal
Why I haven't
had a baseline mammogram.
mammograms lead to overtreatment.
mammograms don't increase your chances of being cured . . . or of surviving
don't find cancer before it metastasizes.
mammograms life saving for women over 55?
screening mammograms aren't cost effective to society nor are they safe
a less risky way to participate in screening mam-mography?
distract us from the need for societal commitment to true prevention.
other ways to find early-stage breast cancers?
don't promote breast health.
Decide to Have a Mammogram.
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