Increasingly, mammograms are making women sick, in more ways than one, according to a NaturalNews article published May 28. According to the article, “One of the latest studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), for instance, analyzed more than 30 years’ worth of data on mammography and found that nearly 1.5 million women have been needlessly treated for cancers that were not at all harmful or that technically did not even exist.”
The study, led by oncologist Dr. Archie Bleyer, of the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute, comprehensively examined data compiled on mammography since their first widespread use in the 1970s. While there is no doubt that mammograms have helped some women detect early cancers, a vastly greater number of women have undergone the psychological and physical trauma of unnecessary surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and hormone therapy.
The compression of women’s breasts when undergoing a mammogram has been known to release contained cancer cells into circulation, increasing the threat of spreading malignancy, according to Dr. David Jockers, in a NaturalNews article entitled Be aware of the dangers of mammography.
Also of concern is the amount of cancer causing ionizing radiation that women who have annual mammograms receive. The newer 3D mammogram technology, called 3D tomosynthesis, actually causes the amount of radiation women are exposed to double.
In his ground breaking book, Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy Dr. Peter C. Gotzsche says, “The most effective way to decrease women’s risk of becoming a breast cancer patient is to avoid attending screening. Mammography screening is one of the greatest controversies in healthcare, and the extent to which some scientists have sacriﬁced sound scientiﬁc principles in order to arrive at politically acceptable results in their research is extraordinary.
In contrast, neutral observers increasingly ﬁnd that the beneﬁt has been much oversold and that the harms are much greater than previously believed.”
The emotional toll the recipient of a false positive diagnosis undergoes is alone enough to trigger and/or accelerate illness in the body. There is significant stress associated with the receipt of a cancer diagnosis, biopsy, financial costs, etc.
These concerns and others are causing many women to forego mammograms all together, or to have them less frequently. Some women are opting for less dangerous screening methods such as ultra-sound, which some studies show to be as capable as mammograms at detecting breast cancers without any of the associated risks.