Finally! The American Cancer Society (ACS) has admitted that its reckless advice to women for the past several decades to have an annual mammogram is not actually in the best interests of health. For an organization that gets millions upon millions of dollars in donations every year, yet has NEVER had a single cancer treatment breakthrough, this is an astonishing admission. I blogged earlier this year about the extreme dangers of mammograms and how the cumulative effects of radiation from this screening test actually CAUSE an estimated 20% of breast cancers!
A single mammogram exposes a woman’s chest to 1 RAD of radiation; that’s the equivalent of about 1000 chest xrays! This admission by the ACS does not go so far as to expose mammograms for what they truly are, a moneymaker for gynecologists and labs, which is a shame. I would have gained a lot of respect for the ACS if it had finally admitted not only that mammograms were of minimal value in extending longevity but also the dangers they posed to the health of women who are cancer free at the time of the screening.
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.