Breast Cancer Screening has Minimal Benefits

by Sarah Healthy Living, Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 9

Finally! The American Cancer Society 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 many 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 article (link below) does not go so far as to expose mammograms for what they truly are, a moneymaker for gynecologists (and that’s about it), 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.

One step at a time. For now, the ACS is now saying that if a woman chooses not to have mammograms, that is a respectable decision based on the risks inherent in the process. As a 45 year old woman who should have technically had 5 mammograms already (mmmm, 5000 chest x-rays? I don’t think so), I am glad that I doubted their claims about the benefits of screening years ago, did my own research, and made my own decision NOT to EVER have a mammogram. Doctors make mistakes folks. And, it always pays to do your own research before blindly accepting a doctor’s advice to have a screening test that potentially can cause the very disease that you’re screening for.

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 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, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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