by Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM – Those words strike fear in the hearts of every woman. Most of us have known someone–a friend, a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor–who has been treated for breast cancer or worse, has died from the disease.
Women are told to get an annual mammogram. Women have come to believe that mammograms prevent breast cancer. They do not. In fact, they are a late test, detecting an abnormality when it has been developing long enough – and has become dense enough – for this breast x-ray to detect it. Women place unreasonably high expectation on the ability of this technology to detect their cancer early or bizarrely, even think that getting a mammogram reduces their risk of cancer. A 2007 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine reported that women typically overestimate the risk reduction capability of the technology by more than 100-fold.[i]
Is there a better way?
At 57 years of age, I am old enough to remember the slogan heard on TV in the 1970s, “Find the cause, find the cure.” But instead of finding a cause that can be eliminated or avoided, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on finding the cure. We run for the cure, walk 60 miles for the cure, raise money for the cure, wear pink ribbons for the cure, purchase pink everything for the cure, pray they will find the cure. Whatever happened to investigating and discovering the cause?
Conventional medicine and Big Pharma have no interest in the cause. If we identified the cause–and could do something about it– we could eliminate much of cancer. We would need much less surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and long term medicine give to prevent reoccurrence. We could eliminate billions spent on cancer research and we could stop blaming our genes.
Why wouldn’t that work? Always remember: the money is in the medicine, not in the cause…or the cure.
So, is there a better way? Is there something women can do to keep from hearing, “you have breast cancer” at some point in their life? Currently, one in every eight women will be told they have breast cancer at some time in their life; it is anticipated that risk will rise to one in every 3 or 4 women; maybe even every 1 in 2 (50%).
Is there a way to detect abnormalities in the breast before they progress to cancer? Absolutely yes there is. More importantly, there is something you can do to improve the health of your breasts. That is what this site is about. Spread the word. Stay tuned. Tell your friends about that a revolution has begun……
[i] “Breast cancer screening for women in their 40s: moving from controversy about data to helping individual women.” Ann Intern Med 2007 Apr 3;146(7):529-31
 “Breast cancer screening for women in their 40s: moving from controversy about data to helping individual women.” Ann Intern Med 2007 Apr 3;146(7):529-31