Mammograms have recently been under fire for being a failed breast diagnostic tool in terms of detecting breast cancer. One of the many failure specifications relates to “false positives,” which means the patient of the mammogram is told that they have cancer only to have a biopsy later reveal this that the patient actually doesn’t have cancer. Mammograms being invalidated have been a hard pill to swallow by mammogram manufacturers as well as the American Cancer Society, who today is fighting back by telling women that “false positives aren’t false positives at all.”
According to woai.com.
The American Cancer Society says women who have one or more false positive readings are actually at greater risk for developing breast cancer in the coming years.
“It may be that these false positives are really not false positives after all,” said Dr. Steven Kalter, an oncologist at San Antonio’s START Center for Cancer Caere.
Dr. Kalter says it may be that the mammogram has detected a ‘biological change’ in the breast which is precursor to cancer, like cells growing more rapidly. He says it could also be detecting a ‘scar’ in the breast, which also is an early indicator of breast cancer, but he says it is not advanced to the point were it can be detected.
“The mammograms perhaps detected a breast cancer earlier than it could be diagnosed,” he said.
Wait, what? So mammograms just went from being an enormous failure which commonly put women through unnecessary treatments to a superior device which is actually so ahead of it’s time, that biopsies can’t even keep up. That’s essentially what this all translates to. Imagine how releasing information such as this effects the millions of women who at one point in their lives have had a false positive from a mammogram? In many ways, that’s likely the point of this propaganda, but it is extremely unsavory. Not only is the mammogram industry belittling the biopsy process for their own gains, but they are also scaring a lot of women who had these false results to come back in for additional mammograms. It is amazing how that works, isn’t it?
Instead of trying to fix the issue with the failures or sponsoring thermography which support breast health, the new company line from the mammogram industry is “no way we are right.” What an incredibly irresponsible piece.