Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
If You Decide to Have a Mammogram
o Get the best, even if it means a long journey.
o Go where they specialize, preferably where they do at least 20 mammograms
o Be sure the facility is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
o Insist on personnel who specialize in mammograms. (Taking and reading
mammograms are skills that require intensive training and a lot of practice.)
o Ask how old the equipment is. Newer equipment exposes the breasts
to less radiation. A dedicated unit (one specifically for mammograms)
o Ask how they ensure quality control. When was their unit calibrated?
o Load your blood with carotenes for a week before the mammogram to
prevent radiation damage to your DNA.
o Expect to be cold and uncomfortable during the mammogram, but do
say something if you're being hurt.
o The more compressed the breast tissue, the clearer the mammogram.
(But pressure may spread cancer cells if they're present.)
o If your breasts are tender, reschedule. During your fertile years,
schedule mammograms for 7-10 days after your menstrual flow begins.
o Don't wear antiperspirant containing aluminum; it can interfere with
the imaging process. (Those clear stones do contain aluminum, as do
most commercial antiperspirants.)
o If you want another opinion, you'll need the original mammographic
films, not copies. (X-ray facilities only keep films for 7 years.)
o Get your doctor to agree, in writing, before the procedure, to give
you a copy of your mammogram. The U.S. Public Health Service advises
women to ask for written results from a mammogram.
o Given the high percentage of "false normal" mammograms,
if you think you have cancer, trust your intuition.
o Remove radioactive isotopes from your body with burdock root, seaweed,
Mammograms don't promote breast health.
Breast self-massage, breast self-exam, and lifestyle changes do.
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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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