Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

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Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer:

Women all around America and other industrialized nations are told that regular mammograms are the best approach for early breast cancer detection (1, 2).  A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that looks to find tumorous growths that are otherwise undetectable in a physical exam.  New research has revealed how dangerous mammograms are.

X-rays use ionizing radiation to create the photographic image (3).  Despite enormous funding and research, mammography has a very strong opposition in many quadrants of the medical and natural health communities (4).

This opposition is due to the dangers involved with the amount of harmful radiation, the inaccuracy rates and the economic costs.  Yearly mammograms had been recommended for women over the age of 50.  In 2001, US health officials began recommending women over 40 get regular mammograms.  The Lancet wrote in July 1995 that “the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous…” (5).

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Mammograms and False Positive Diagnosis:

Many doctors have trouble trusting mammograms due to their enormous rate of false positive diagnosis.  In one large study looking at 60,000 women, the researchers found that 70% of the detected tumors were not tumors at all (6).

These false positive results create a great amount of emotional stress on patients and family members involved.  Even worse, these results lead to many unnecessary and invasive biopsies.  Research has shown that 70-80% of all positive mammograms do not show the presence of cancer upon further biopsy testing.

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

The Unnecessary Stress of False Positives:

False positives and unnecessary biopsies can dramatically alter an individual’s health.  The emotional stress of believing you have cancer when you do not is enough to trigger the onset or the acceleration of disease in the body.

Many women have undergone unnecessary chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomies after receiving false positive results on a mammogram.  This creates an enormous overall economic, emotional, and physical stress on the individual due to the limitations of this sort of testing (7).

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Mammograms Bring Massive Radiation:

Routine mammography exposes the individual to an exceptionally high amount of ionizing radiation.  Ionizing radiation is something we are all exposed to in nature and the body can handle a certain amount each year without it becoming risky.  One series of mammograms (2 xrays on each breast) is equivalent to the radiation dose of 8 normal chest or spinal x-rays (8).

Due to this enormous blast of radiation many experts warn that mammography actually increases the risk of breast cancer.  Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, estimated that annual mammography increases the risk of breast cancer by 2% each year (9).

The National Cancer Institute has stated that mammography is especially dangerous for younger women.  In fact, they have stated that it could cause 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies.  Other studies have shown up to a 52% increase in breast cancer mortality in young women given annual testing.

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Mammograms Induce Cancer Growth:

The incidence of certain forms of breast cancer such as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased by 328% since mammography was introduced (10).  Cancer research has also has found a gene called oncogene AC that is very sensitive to radiation (10).

Women who have this gene are at extraordinarily high risk when exposed to mammography.  Researchers estimate that 10,000 of these gene carriers will die of breast cancer each year due to mammography.

Mammography also requires the patient’s breasts to be compressed.  This compression is known to cause the release of cancerous cells into circulation which greatly increases the risk of malignant spread (11).

Dr. Charles Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the NCI has been a strong advocate against mammography.  He says, “Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth” (12).

Mammograms, Mammograms and Your Risk of Cancer

Thermography is a Much Better Evaluation:

I strongly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  We should be striving to live an anti-cancer lifestyle every day.  Somehow our society has missed this.  We are told it is okay to live a destructive lifestyle and then screen ourselves every year until we find the inevitable.  When you get diagnosed…we treat you like the victim rather than showing you how you actually caused the problem with years of abuse.

I choose to live the anti-cancer lifestyle everyday and do not waste my time with “testing for disease.”  However, for those of you who know you spent years abusing your system and would like a safe test to evaluate for cancer…I recommend Thermography.

Sources For This Article Include:

1. American Cancer Society Mammograms Save Lives Link Here
2. wuebker A. Who gets a mammogram amongst European women aged 50-69 years? Health Economics Review. 2012;2:6.
3. World Health Organization What is Ionizing Radiation? Link Here
4. Nancy Snyderman: What’s Your Mammogram Risk? Link Here
5. Wright C.J. Screening Mammography and Public Health Policy: The Need for Perspective. Link Here
6. National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Screening. Harms of Screening Mammography. Link Here
7. Tosteson AN, Fryback DG, Hammond CS, Hanna LG, Grove MR, Brown M, Wang Q, Lindfors K, Pisano ED. Consequences of false-positive screening mammograms. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jun;174(6):954-61. PMID: 24756610
8. Mercola: Your Greatest Weapon Against Breast Cancer (Not Mammograms) Link Here
9. Blaylock M. Mammography Review. Link Here
10. Quantum Health Management: Mammography Study Link Here
11. van Netten JP, Cann SA, Hall JG. Mammography controversies: time for informed consent? J Natl Cancer Inst. 1997 Aug 6;89(15):1164-5. PMID: 9262257
12. Arizona Center For Advanced Medicine: Breast Cancer Deception Link Here

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  1. I would like to address the claims in this article regarding high dose levels of radiation in mammography. Being an x-ray technologist myself I can tell you that Dr. Jockers is severely mistaken in his calculation of the radiation dose in mammography. 1 routine mammogram gives a dose of 42 mrem, a chest x-ray = 10 mrem, and a lumbar spine x-ray = 600 mrem. Living in the Chicagoland area, we are subjected to an annual dose of 326 mrem from only cosmic and terrestrial radiation. See for yourself. http://www.ans.org/pi/resources/dosechart/

    1. Lynn, thank you for your response. I agree the dosages Dr. Jockers listed is outrageously high for a mammogram. Where did he get his information?

    2. Thank you Lynn,
      As a Mammographer, I read this article and when I read the info on dose I just SMH. I will say many women who are worried about the dose from a mammo are wrinkled from repeated sun exposure. They receive more exposure from a day on the beach. It’s all relative.

      1. (One can feel the voracious appetites for profiteering on 51% of the species heating up in this debate; there are billions of dollars at stake.) Radiologists: let’s say I receive 2.4 mSv all year from (ever-increasing) “background” radiation. Let’s say it’s spread over 24 hours x 365.25 days and over my entire body relatively evenly. Now, let’s say I go have double or quadruple that dose of radiation to my pelvis or breast, where my fat-and-hormone-rich prostate or breasts are (or to my ovaries, colon, or other organs, in say, an abdominal/pelvic CT), but I receive THIS dose all concentrated in 1/4 hour and to this one area. And let’s say I repeat this every year or two. Now, what say you? And, about the breast “mashing” part? Isn’t the reason some oncological surgeons say they won’t operate is that they are concerned about spreading the cancer? So, does the (pretty intense) mashing argument merit any consideration?

        1. I’m kind of with you on this, what the actual dose is I don’t know, i just know it is as well as not instead of and as you say highly concentrated.

  2. From the American Cancer Society:

    Thermography has been around for many years, but studies have shown that it’s not an effective screening tool for finding breast cancer early. Although it has been promoted as helping detect breast cancer early, a 2012 research review found that thermography detected only a quarter of the breast cancers found by mammography. Thermography should not be used as a substitute for mammograms.

  3. Radiation is radiation. I have had only about five mammos in my lifetime, and am now 66 and in good health and want to stay there. I just cannot justify how much they hurt and how they crush your tissue. I really do think they can do more harm than good. Maybe Dr Jockers flubbed his numbers stuff happens. But you can not skirt around the fact they do hurt and disrupt tissue.

    1. Olivia, I totally agree with you, it feels as if Mammograms were created as a punishment and with the solely purpose of making money to keep the medical “business” running. As a great percentage of women I have heterogeneously dense breast tissue. It’s a fact that Mammography Does Not detect all breast cancers especially when the breast tissue is dense, then a Sonography is recommended!!! What a good business for the Imaging places!!

  4. If the Mammogram is so good then why do they tell you after that they will follow up with an Ultrasound? I was told I have dense breast… code for I’m on the smaller side. I have watched my Mom be traumatized from false Mammograms that she was told follow up with an ultrasound then do another mammogram 6 months later to follow another ultrasound… Really… seriously… she is def. On the larger size. I’ve started using thermography and have had been told if I’m or they are concerned to follow up with an Ultrasound. Thankfully more OBGYN practices are going this direction…finally found one. Plus amazing whst diet does… I gave up caffine and started using Frankincense oil… two scans before I had zero blue on the scan the third one blue appeared hummmm. Who knows what’s right but when drug reps make a ton of money…fancy cars etc…then an additional medicine is needed for a side affect from one prescribed on and on. Who or what the heck do we trust. Thankfully I’m a believer in the Lord. Just going the best I can…

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