Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Yearly screening mammograms aren't cost effective to society nor are
they safe environmentally
The Southern Medical Journal reports that the cost effectiveness (defined
as the number of dollars spent so one person can live one year longer)
of mammograms for women under 55 is $82,000.19 A recent analysis found
that it cost $195,000 to detect one breast cancer using screening mammograms.
Dr. Charles Wright of Vancouver General Hospital estimates that the
cost of saving one life by mass screening is $1.25 million (Canadian).
The mammography industry could gross $1 billion per year if every woman
aged 40-49 was screened yearly. Less than 10 percent of all breast cancers
occur in women that age.
Choosing screening mammograms means I choose to contribute to the stream
of low-level radioactive waste leaving hospitals. Will my mammogram
increase my daughter's risk of developing breast cancer by increasing
the amount of radioactivity in her environment? What is the real cost
of this choice?
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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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