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Do Mammograms Do More Harm Than Good?

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2024
Mammograms under age 50 are controversial. The prestigious Cochrane Study Group concluded that they lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Mammograms use x-rays to differentiate tissue density that is normal or cancerous; this is very difficult in women under age 50 because they have dense breast tissue that is similar to that of breast cancers. It takes almost...

Is DCIS Cancer or Not?

submitted by: admin on 07/09/2016
  Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are confused about whether or not DCIS is cancer or not. MDs are no different! About 2% of DCIS cancers are lethal and the other 98% will die with it and not from it. Twenty to twenty five percent of all breast cancers are DCIS. Mainstream treatment for this condition includes surgery, radiation,...

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 Remain Controversial

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  One third of cancers detected by mammography may not be life-threatening according to the November of 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Over the past 3 decades, an estimated 1.3 million women have been over-diagnosed of breast cancer that has led to treatment for a cancer for which they did not need treatment. Many of these cancers...

More Harm Than Good in Women Over 70 From Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 04/01/2014
In a paper presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference on March 21, 2014, studies out of the Netherlands concluded that doing mammograms in women from age 70-75 as a screening test did not reduce the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer or save lives. They did report that doing mammograms in this age group led to unnecessary overdiagnosis and overtreatment...

Oncologists Admit Income is Linked to Treatment

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  A survey of 480 oncologists published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that they get paid more when they administer and sell chemotherapy and other drugs to their patients. This has been previously shown to account for up to 65% of their income in some instances. Yet only 27% of these oncologists acknowledged this...

Preventive Medicine Saves Money but Early Detection May Not

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Seventy five percent of health care spending is for preventable chronic diseases. If you can prevent these diseases from occurring, it stands to reason that it will cost far less to deal with them. However, there is massive confusion about what preventive medicine is. What it is not is early detection. Preventive medicine requires living a healthy...

Stage 4 Chemotherapy Benefits Over-estimated by Patients and Doctors

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  Patients with advanced cancer have the mistaken belief that chemotherapy can cure their illness according to a New England Journal of Medicine article published in October of 2012. This Dana-Farber  Cancer Institute study showe that 69% of advanced lung cancer and 81% of advanced colorectal cancer did not understand that chemotherapy was not at...

The Mammography Industry is Clinging to a Failed Test for Women Under Fifty

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  Let's face it. Mammograms are far from a perfect test, especially in women under the age of 50, and particularly in women with fibrocystic breasts. The United States Preventive Task Force no longer recommends screening women routinely for breast cancer with mammograms. There has been a flood of complaining from the American Cancer Society and the...

Why Doctors Over-diagnose and Over-Treat Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 01/05/2015
The United States Preventive Task Force reviewed 27 studies in February of 2014 to determine the benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure and concluded that office blood pressure readings are not accurate about half of the time. This leads to over-diagnosis and over-treatment of blood pressure. For this reason they recommended ambulatory blood...

Why it is Time to End Routine Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 06/01/2015
In a commentary by Eric Topol, MD, in May of 2015 in WebMD, he stated that there is more harm than good for screening mammography...and Vicki and I agree! He reported that all evidence from 1960-2014 for 10,000 women screened annually for 10 years, there are only 5 deaths. However, there were more than 6100 false positive tests that led to additional imaging...

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