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.