There’s a lot of debate around the role of mammograms and cancer development.
I’ve been a doctor for a long time. I’ve seen incredible medical breakthroughs and questions answered that stumped doctors and scientists for generations. Some of these scientific advances are valuable and vital to preventing and fighting disease. Some even extend patient life.
Then there are the overused tests that provide little benefit (often even putting the patient in more danger) but offer unbelievable profit.
It’s no secret that the health industry is becoming more about profit and less about patient care. Medical costs are out of control but we’re sicker than ever before in human history!
The cost of healthcare is putting a strain on the economy. Our cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and auto-immune disease statistics have reached epidemic proportions that are on track to worsen further over the coming decades.
Early screenings are admirable but suggesting the use of mammograms for cancer prevention is short-sighted and wrong!
A mammogram literally floods the delicate breast tissue with radiation! Subjecting healthy cells to focused radiation is asking for trouble. There are also countless cases of false positives when mammogram images are evaluated.
Mammograms are expensive and dangerous (that’s bad enough). The real problem is that annual mammograms aren’t making a big difference in the diagnoses and death of women from breast cancer. That’s a proven fact.
The Pink is Deceiving
One of the most well-known diseases that raises astronomical sums of money (and propels a multi-billion-dollar industry) is breast cancer. The walking, the fund-raising, screenings for cancer with mammograms, the wall-to-wall pink – and where are breast cancer statistics?
On the rise (like every other disease that afflicts humanity).
In the United States alone, 1-in-8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org. More than 250,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year. More than 40,000 women will die from the disease.
We’ve made some gains over the last decade when scientists discovered that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and hormonal birth control dramatically increased breast cancer risk.
Still, while raising funds and awareness may prevent some cancer deaths – are we really going to accept more than a 40,000 mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends dying annually?
Where are the real solutions?
Why aren’t conventional therapies incorporating proven alternative and holistic therapies that lower cancer risk, increase odds of survival, and lower mortality rates?
I’ll tell you where…they’re being kept as quiet as possible and when that doesn’t work, the doctors and scientists talking about them are shamed!
Mammograms are not healthy for women and cause anxiety, misdiagnosis, and radiates non-cancerous tissue.
The Reality of Mammograms and Cancer Prevention
I’d like you to think long and hard if you decide to get a mammogram before the age of 50 to (possibly) detect cancer cells. If you’re over the age of 50, a mammogram every two years is sufficient.
The American Cancer Society had this to say (while supporting mammograms in cancer detection), “Mammograms are not perfect [and] miss some cancers. There’s also a small possibility of being diagnosed with a cancer that never would have caused any problems had it not been found during screening.”
The fact is, there’s not a lot of new information about the effectiveness of mammograms and cancer prevention. Most of the research touting its benefits were done decades ago and much of the data gathered during those 1970s clinical trials has been debunked.
Some things mammograms are known for is drastically increasing the stress and anxiety a woman may have about cancer, exposing delicate tissue to focused radiation (without proven benefit to the patient), and the possibility for misdiagnosis or treatment options (that can include invasive and unnecessary surgical procedures).
Prevention – In Your Hands
You must maintain control over your health (and what’s done to preserve it). Take control of your body. Take care of yourself. Take your diet and lifestyle choices seriously. Prevention is so much better than treatment in every single scenario.
MORE on Mammograms and… Alternative SOLUTIONS
Don’t allow fear mongering from your doctor to force you into things your body doesn’t need or that could ultimately damage your health. Push back against mammograms for cancer screening (particularly if you’re under the age of 50).
No matter how much it sounds like a conspiracy theory, there’s one undeniable truth: doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to be healthy.
Healthy people don’t make these individuals, organizations, and corporations nearly the amount of money that illness and disease do. That’s a pretty good motive for not trying all that hard to rid the world of some of the biggest (money makers) killers like cancer and heart disease.
In the health industry, healthy people don’t make them money…sick people do.
Written by Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, HMD, PhD, FRCP (Professor Keith) for The Alternative Doctor ~ July 4, 2017.
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