The mammogram is basically a device that is used to scan the breasts of women for tumors. This is a painful ordeal that basically consists of compressing the breast tissue between two metal plates.
While in the past it was useful, in current times it is a very outdated machine and yet it is still used frequently. There are tons of other safer and less painful ways we can detect tumors in breast tissue. To be completely honest, mammograms are not as effective as they are made out to be anyway.
Research has revealed that tons of women have been diagnosed with breast cancer via the mammogram that didn’t actually have it. Those women went on to actually get chemotherapy without needing it and thus they ended up going through a lot of unnecessary pain. A study from more recent times published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews looked at data from over 600,000 women between the ages of 39 and 74 who had these mammograms done and it showed that often they do more harm than good.
Those women were randomly assigned to receive screenings or to not receive screenings and it was found that being screened didn’t reduce mortality at all. Overtreatment seems to be at around thirty percent and that is not good. The good just does not seem to outweigh the bad.
Their study’s conclusion goes as follows:
If we assume that screening reduces breast cancer mortality by 15% and that overdiagnosis and overtreatment is at 30%, it means that for every 2000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will avoid dying of breast cancer and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress including anxiety and uncertainty for years because of false positive findings. To help ensure that the women are fully informed before they decide whether or not to attend screening, we have written an evidence-based leaflet for lay people that is available in several languages on www.cochrane.dk. Because of substantial advances in treatment and greater breast cancer awareness since the trials were carried out, it is likely that the absolute effect of screening today is smaller than in the trials. Recent observational studies show more overdiagnosis than in the trials and very little or no reduction in the incidence of advanced cancers with screening.
It is also important to note that mammogram radiation is much more damaging than a chest X-ray. You see, mammograms use ionizing radiation at a pretty high dose. This can contribute to some of the mutations that end up leading to breast cancer in the end anyway. According to Dr. Mercola, you get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays.
Back in September of 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study going over how mammograms have only reduced cancer death rates by about 0.4 deaths per 1,000 women. This amount so minuscule it might as well be zero. According to breast surgeon Susan Love of UCLA, at least 30 percent of tumors found on mammograms would go away if you did nothing about them. If you are taking care of yourself, there is really no sense in having this done.
I know this is a bit confusing but once you finish the video things will make more sense. Have you ever had a mammogram?