The American Cancer Society recently said that routine mammograms may do harm to women if they are started before the age of 50. The secret that mammograms are both unlikely to be accurate and a spoonful of false hope are becoming more and more clear, even when it comes to the mainstream. It is impossible to test the cells of the breast because unlike other parts of the body, they can’t be removed. Other cancers allow easier, more accurate cancer testing methods. Breast cancer “seems” to rely on mammograms. And boy, they sure do push the mammograms.
I can still remember my mother going for her scheduled mammograms. And my mother encouraging my sister to do the same thing later in life. Mammograms have become certain in the culture of women, but unfortunately they are far less certain in the culture of accuracy. The American Cancer Society will tell you that mammograms diagnose cancer early, giving way to the greatest benefit of time. But that accuracy is fleeting and unlikely. It is most likely an exaggeration for the sake of profit and revenue. A Mammogram is at best, an xray. It results in an image which seems open to interpretation. Take the cases of women who are misdiagnosed and endure rigorous treatments (here). To what end do we trust these machines? 2000 women would need to be screened for 10 years to get one benefit of a life saved. To what extend to do we go?
This is a great excerpt I found on BulletNewsNiagra.ca
The other problem is that mammography can result in a false sense of security when the test is reported normal. Just a few years ago, one report showed that in women between 40 to 49 years, mammography missed 30 per cent of malignancies.
Experts at that time agreed that whatever way you slice the cake, the decrease in deaths as a result of mammography is modest. In effect, 2,000 women would have to be screened for 10 years to get one benefit. You can, of course, always argue that saving one life is worthwhile, regardless of the cost.
Another issue is radiation. How much is radiation causing cancer? This is a topic which always seems to get swept under the rug. But it should be of high concern. The American Cancer Society will tell you that the amount of radiation you are exposed to is low, but do you trust that? What about for women who endure all the suggested mammogram appointments? Over time, the radiation exposure adds up.
One of the major points of this site is to educate women more on issues such as mammography. Women need to know all the facts, because without facts, you are herded and shuffled along a predetermined path by Doctors and Pharmaceutical companies. You want to be able to prevent this sort of thing from happening. You can only do that by staying informed.