An annual mammogram is a highly recommended prevention tool for breast cancer. At least, that’s what doctors tell us women to do. Annual mammograms are something we all dread to do.
However, it is not as effective as we are told and it can actually cause a lot of harm! This is something nobody talks about.
Did you know that several recent studies found that mammograms do not save lives and can possibly harm women?
As reported by New York Times:
“One of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century, has added powerful new doubts about the value of the screening test for women of any age.”
During the study, researchers found that the death rate was identical in all women, the ones who got mammography, and the ones that did not and even 22% of screen-detected invasive breast cancers were over-diagnosed, leading to unnecessary treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
4 things all women should know about mammograms
Mammograms can cause cancer
The mammogram procedure is far from being safe. Like all x-rays, mammograms use doses of ionizing radiation to create an image. Ionized radiation can cause cancer. It can trigger mutations and other genetic damage and also cause normal cells to become malignant.
The risk of radiation is apparently higher among younger women. The NCI released evidence that, among women under 35, mammography could cause 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies.
But here is the most shocking fact about mammograms; you are subjected to energy x-ray 30kVp radiation, which is 300% more carcinogenic than high energy radiation that comes from atomic bomb blasts!
Mammograms are not as effective
Mammography is not that accurate, it actually falsely causes a lot of women to have chemo and radiation for no reason at all.
Here is a very disturbing fact: 80% of the 1.6 million breast biopsies done each year in the US, because of a suspicious mammography, are negative. So why does conventional medicine keep pushing this unnecessary test?
The New England Journal of Medicine has pointed to approximately 1.3 million cases of misdiagnosed breast cancer, which shows that mammograms are leading millions of women astray, making them think they have cancer when they really don’t.
The problem with mammograms is that they often detect “cancer” that would never spread or do any harm if left untreated. It’s called “stage zero” cancer. It can be regressed without any medical treatment.
Mammograms do not lower death risks
To compound matters, some research, including a recent large Canadian study which followed 90,000 women for 25 years, showed that mammograms did not lower the overall death rate from breast cancer. It’s clear that while mammograms could have saved some women, it’s probably also harming others.
Better alternatives to mammograms
A good alternative to mammography is thermography. This is a simple, non-invasive way of accessing your risk for breast cancer. It can detect breast cancer many years earlier than physical exams and even mammograms. Progressive physicians in Europe and the US have been using thermography since 1962.
The main difference between mammography and thermography is that thermography can see cancer formations at the size of 256 cells, while mammograms can’t detect cancer until there are roughly 4 billion cells clumped together.