Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Are there other ways to find early-stage breast cancers?
In addition to physical examination and breast self-massage, thermography
and ultrasound are safe tests available to women who wish to avoid mammograms.
Thermography gives a picture of the heat patterns in the breasts (cancers
are hotter than the surrounding tissues). Ultrasound bounces sound waves
off the breast tissues to measure their density (cancer is denser than
the surrounding tissues). Other techniques used to image breast tissues,
such as digital mammography and scintimammography rely on radioactivity
and are inherently unsafe.20-22
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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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