The National Breast Cancer Foundation states the following facts: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time Breast cancer is the most common cancer detected in women. My reference to their website stops here though because the rest is a propaganda for a system that should seriously be questioned.
A new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals new doubts about the value of mammograms. The New-York Times has dedicated a full article on this study named “Vast Study Casts Doubts on Value of Mammograms”
Others studies will come showing how detrimental these medical screenings are for women, both physically and mentally.
If you have ever had a mammogram done you know how painful and scary it is. If you have a fibrocystic breast and that is very common, you are supposed to schedule two mammograms a year.
Let me remind you that a mammogram may miss cancer because of the nature of the exam: it takes X-ray of the breast squizzed between two flat mechanical arms, the area closer to the rest of the body is left in the dark. This is one of the reasons why ultra sounds are often combined with a mammogram. The only conventional examination that can undoubtedly rule out or detect cancer in the breast is the Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, rarely covered by insurance companies for breast cancer detection because of its cost.
I should add that it is never prescribed before a mammogram and an ultrasound examination have been done. As a result, the conventional way for detecting breast cancer, approved and recommended by the FDA and equivalent organizations around the world, involves two sometimes three different exams and if only two exams are performed you have no guarantee that the diagnosis will be correct.
In addition, for those of you who have fibrocystic breast, if one of your cysts appears to be suspect, it will be suggested a biopsy, risking a spreading of cancer cells if cancer cells they are. This is known as seeding. The risk involved with seeding is rarely if ever disclosed to the patient because this is the only way for doctors to know for sure the nature of the cyst at stake. And in their mind early detection outweighs the risk.
The other documented risk of mammograms is the amount of radiation each exam injects in the body. For each breast X-ray, you receive theoretically 0.4msv per mammography according to radiologyinfo.org. Note that they say that the actual radiation dose varies greatly per location and machine used. In addition another factor highly dependable on the human body called the weighing factor that takes into account the density of the tissue X-rayed, changes drastically the amount of radiation received. A small breast for instance will absorb more radiations than a larger breast.
If there were nothing else that could be done to detect effectively breast cancer, I would not take the time to write this post.
There are two alternatives that all women should be aware of.
DIGITAL PALPATION IMAGING SURETOUCH
It detects the various ranges of body temperatures. The images resulting from thermography breast examination reveal the breast with a variation of colors. Basically, the redder the hotter and closer to white in the center shows extreme heat. What is extreme heat: inflammation. You will find more information on this technique on breastthermography.com. This is far less invasive than a mammogram because you are not touched at all: a picture of your breast is taken while you sit with your arms up on your head. Thermography has existed for a long time. It has been used to detect passengers with fever at airports during SARS outbreak. Interestingly though, the main stream does not want to consider it for breast cancer screening, even though it is far less invasive, traumatic and costly than the conventional road. In addition it is far more reliable because you get a full picture of both breast at the same time under the exact same conditions: that helps to see any discrepancies between both breasts. Cancer never spreads symmetrically on both breasts.
Another technique less known although it is FDA approved is Digital Palpation Imaging via a machine called SureTouch. Please have a look at the video demonstration to find out how it works. It is safe, accurate, non invasive and pain free. It can detect a lump before it becomes palpable in all areas including the armpit. It is by far the most pleasant procedure I have had on my breasts. It lasts at most 20 minutes, and during the examination I was comfortably lying on a massage table.
Before you make any decisions do some research, never forget that conventional medicine is often driven by money considerations that have little to do with your best interest. Think about the fact that X-rays machines cost a lot of money, that radiologists have paid for them and the training of the staff who actually takes the X-ray. The health care system is built in such a way that insurance companies cover mammograms so you pay nothing if you are insured. Why would they invest again in new machines that perform examinations that are yet to be covered by insurances? It does not make sense does it? But you, ladies, do you care about these financial consderations when your health is at stake? Do you really want to wait until a new study comes out acknowledging further the lack of efficiency of these mammograms in detecting cancer.
Ultimately the decision is yours.