Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Aren't mammograms life saving for women over 55?
In several studies, yearly mammograms of women aged 55 and older reduced
breast cancer mortality by one-third. But this doesn't mean any one
woman's risk is reduced by one-third according to Dr. Peter Skrabenek,
a critic of mass screening. Furthermore, the women enrolled in these
very successful mammographic studies received regular physical examination
of their breasts, which-by itself, without risk-reduces breast cancer
mortality. The vast majority of breast cancers found in older women
are slow-growing, non-metastasizing, and not life-threatening, no matter
when they're found.
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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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