Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
All mammograms are x-rays.
A mammogram uses radioactive rays to "see" breast tissues.
X-rays are known to cause DNA damage in breast cells.
A diagnostic mammogram is used when a woman or her practitioner feels
a lump and wants to see it. (Sonograms-a non-radioactive test-can be
used instead.) Most diagnostic mammograms are not one x-ray, but a series
A screening mammogram is done on a healthy woman to determine if there
are unsuspected signs of cancer, such as a shadow or micro-calcifications.
A screening mammogram is not one x-ray, but a series of x-rays, usually
two per breast, four in all.
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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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