Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Mammographic screening increases risk of breast cancer mortality in
A Canadian study of 90,000 women (published in Lancet, November 1992)
showed a 36-52 percent increase in mortality from breast cancer in women
40-49 who had annual mammograms. 8, 9 The Swedish Malmo Screening Trial
(as reported in The British Medical Journal, 1988) which also included
tens of thousands of women, showed 29 percent greater mortality from
breast cancer in women under 55 who were regularly screened with mammograms.
(Studies of women 50-59 showed no difference in breast cancer mortality
between women who did and women who didn't have regular screening mammograms.)
Critics of these studies claim that newer mammographic equipment uses
less radiation. This belies the point that mammograms are inherently
dangerous. Orthodox medicine tells me again and again to overlook the
harm that it has done to women and promises a future where the machines
will be better calibrated and safer. But what of the harm that's been,
and is now, done?
Mammographic screening is not and never will be a safe way to find
breast cancer. Although safer after menopause than before, mammography
is never without risk entirely.
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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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