Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Mammograms distract us from the need for societal commitment to true
Many of the cancers found by mammographic screening are in situ cancers.
Women with in situ cancers rarely die from them. With or without early
detection and treatment, 93 percent survive more than five years. When
in situ breast cancers are found by mammogram, treated, and added to
the statistical base, breast cancer cure rates and longevity statistics
improve. No wonder mammography is praised. It has done what decades
of research into cures for breast cancer have failed to do: make it
appear that there is some progress in stemming the tide of breast cancer.
But finding and treating an ever-increasing number of breast cancers
isn't real progress; commiting to reducing chemical and radioactive
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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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