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Breast Biopsies: Needle vs Surgery

submitted by: admin on 06/13/2024
There has been a debate for many years over whether needle breast biopsies are safer than surgical biopsies.  Many people believe needle biopsies are less invasive and surgery is not really necessary and just another way for surgeons to make more money.  Needle biopsies a far less expensive and can be done by a radiologist.  There was a medical...

Breast Cancer Risks and Detection

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki review factors that increase risk for and methods of screening for breast cancer. They cover mammograms, ultrasounds, manual examination, MRIs, and breast thermography.    

Breast Cancer Screening

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Should mammograms be done on women under the age of 50? The BCDDP study published in 1983 is reviewed. Five of six biopsies are not cancers. Older data on breast biopsies that suggests they spread cancer; it was later shown to be false.    

Breast Cancer Screening Premenopausally

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  No mainstgream screening test is reliable and they can lead to widespread overtreatment. A positive mammogram leads to too many biopsies, especially in dense breasts. Breast thermography is superior.            

Canadians Recommend Fewer Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care now recommends mammograms every three years, no self breast examinations, and no clinical breast exams. They believe these procedures cause too many needless biopsies, mental anguish, and over treatment. This also leads to massive overtreatment of DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) which is only life-threatening...

Do Biopsies Spread Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 01/23/2015
A Mayo Clinic article published in the journal, GUT, in January of 2015 looked at whether or not biopsies of cancers caused spreading of pancreatic cancers. What they found was very surprising. Not only did the cancers not spread the but the survival rate if there was a biopsy was much longer! Wow! This is a bit hard to believe, but it is what they found...

Do Prostate Biopsies Increase Mortality?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
A recent article shows that people with prostate biopsies have a slightly increased death rate. The reasons are not known. We know that cells are spread every time a biopsy is taken, however, those cells do not survive.          

Mammograms Find too Many Low-Risk Cancers

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  As a woman ages her chances of being diagnosed with a low risk breast tumor increases. Women over 50 years old have too many cancers detected by mammograms that are not dangerous and lead to unnecessary biopsies and treatment with surgery, chemo, and radiation. UCSF researchers used a molecular testing device to determine the extent of malignancy breast...

Mammograms: A Ten Year Study Shows no Benefit Under age 50

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  Many studies show that mammograms in women under 50 are not useful. The US is the only country that does mammograms in this age group. The reasons are explained. Too many biopsies result and many cancers are missed that lead to stress and unnecessary costs.          

Prescriptions for Health Radio Show: March 11, 2011

submitted by: admin on 06/13/2024
Prescriptions for Health on DemandMarch 11, 2011                                                                 ...

PSA Velocity

submitted by: admin on 06/13/2024
Should PSA screening be removed from prostate cancer guidelines? Some researchers have found that a change of PSA levels over time is a poor predictor of prostate cancer and may lead to many unnecessary biopsies.

The High Cost of Defensive Medicine

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  You can't really blame MDs for practicing defensively when they are trying to do the best job they possibly can for their patients and they don't want to be involved in a malpractice case if they make an error. In a study of 1200 orthopedic surgeons 96% admitted practicing defensively. This came to an estimated $2 billion cost annually. Many...

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