Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mammograms Don't Save Lives

Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study:  randomized screening trial. 

BMJ 2014348 doi: 
(Published 11 February 2014)

Conclusion   Annual mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available. Overall, 22% (106/484) of screen detected invasive breast cancers were over-diagnosed, representing one over-diagnosed breast cancer for every 424 women who received mammography screening in the trial.

Mammograms use ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which can contribute to the mutations that can lead to breast cancer. You can get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays. Mammography also compresses your breasts tightly, which can lead to a dangerous spread of cancerous cells, should they exist. Dr. Samuel Epstein, one of the world's top cancer experts, has stated:
"The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade's screening."

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that for every woman whose life is prolonged by mammography, ten women's lives were shortened by the radiation received from a lifetime of mammograms. 

The safest alternative to mammograms is having a thermogram.  Thermograms can find cancers up to 15 years earlier than a mammogram can, and without the risk of radiation that comes along with mammograms.  

If you want to find out where you can go to get a Thermogram, click here for a list. Unfortunately, there are none available in New Mexico where I live now, or in Oklahoma where I used to live.  There are, however, some in Colorado, some in Dallas and Austin Texas, and one in Mesa, Arizona.  So If and when I need one I will be forced to drive to one of those locations.  But to me, it's worth it. 

Participate in the Vitamin D*Action Project

One of the best ways to prevent cancer and other debilitating diseases is to keep your Vitamin D levels at optimum.  Please consider participating in this study.  The cost for the kit and membership is $65.  You take a blood sample and send it in to the project at specified intervals throughout the program. 

D*Action has multiple concurrent vitamin D programs going on. The D*Action International project is open to anyone, any age, anywhere in the world. TheProtect our Children NOW! campaign is geared toward using the results of randomized trials to take action now to reduce preterm births and other complications of pregnancy. 

This program is already coalescing into community political action groups, so that when the study in any community (a 24 month project) is completed, they can use the information obtained to push for public health recommendations that will benefit ALL pregnant women and their children. And, the Breast Cancer Prevention project, another subset, is open to women 60 and over with no current cancer or current treatment.

Please consider being part of this study of the effects of Vitamin D levels on disease.  Click here to join

Copyright 2015 Judie C. McMath and The Center for Unhindered Living

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