Mammograms -Who Needs Them?
Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
By Susun S. Weed
Why I haven't had a baseline mammogram
The idea behind having a baseline mammogram-that there will be a norm
to refer back to-is erroneous. Breast tissues are constantly changing
as menstrual, ovulatory, pregnancy, lactational, and menopausal hormones
change. Science, the constant straight line, meets woman, the ever-changing
spiral. And younger breast tissue is especially sensitive to radiation.
According to J. W. Gofman (M.D., Ph.D., authority on dangers of radiation
exposure), a 35-year-old woman whose normal risk of developing breast
cancer is 1 in 1500 increases it to 1 in 660 by exposing herself to
the radiation of a baseline mammogram. The National Women's Health Network
says baseline mammograms should be abolished.10
If you've already had a baseline mammogram and now feel worried, make
yourself a soup of lentils (to restore damaged DNA to normalcy), seaweed
(to remove radioactive isotopes), and carrots (to support your immune
system). Season with miso and tamari (to stop the promotion of cancer
cells), and thyme, rosemary, and garlic (to further strengthen the immune
system). Breathe in, relax, don't worry.
Read the rest of Chapter 5 (click on any
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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