Mammogram Risks Prompt New Screening Advice

Here at NaturalCures we have always urged women to keep an open mind and consider all the facts when they have been invited for mammography screening.

Although it is the most widely employed screening method for breast cancer, there are undoubtedly a number of compelling arguments for using other methods in its place. Not least, the link between mammograms and the risk of cancer – mammography exposes the breast to damaging, ionizing radiation.

breast screening

False positives

Mammography also produces a number of false positive results which can understandably be distressing for women, as well as leading to unnecessary treatment.

So it is good to hear the latest news relating to women in the UK which reveals that those invited for breast cancer screening are to be given more information about the potential harms of being tested.

The independent review was set up to settle fierce debate about whether mammography did more harm than good. It showed that for every life saved, three women had treatment for cancer that would never have been fatal in the first place.

This new information will now be included on leaflets to give women an “informed choice”, the government has said.

New guidelines

The review has been published in the Lancet medical journal and has showed that screening saved 1,307 lives every year in the UK but led to 3,971 women having unnecessary treatment. From the point of view of a single patient, they have a 1 per cent chance of being over-diagnosed if they go for screening.

The independent review panel has been led by Professor Michael Marmot from University College, London, who says it is “vital” that women are told about the potential harms and benefits before going for a mammogram.

The leaflets on breast cancer will be updated in the next few months and will give the facts in a “clear, unbiased way.”

US laws changing

This new development follows hot on the heels of new laws that have recently been passed in some states in America.

The laws require clinics that perform mammograms to tell patients whether or not they have something which many women have not even heard of: breast dense tissue.

Women who have dense tissue must also be told that this can hide tumors on a mammogram, that it could increase the risk of them getting breast cancer and that they should ask for additional screening tests such as ultrasound or M.R.I. scans.

These laws have already been passed in Connecticut, Texas and Virginia, and most recently in California and New York, where they will take effect next year. A bill calling for a federal law has been introduced in the House.

Dense breast tissue

Around 40 per cent of women have dense breast tissue. It is not abnormal. Younger women are more likely to have it but as many as 25 per cent of older women do too.

Current research within conventional medicine provides strong reasons why mammogram screening should be reconsidered. A Swedish study of 60,000 women revealed that of the 726 referred to oncologists for treatment, 70 per cent were found to be cancer free.

Mammogram alternatives

It is believed that mammography will ultimately be replaced by safer testing methods. Two such methods which are already available include thermography and the Anti-Malignin Antibody Screen (AMAS) test.

Thermography uses infrared heat emissions from the body to detect cancer and its advantage is that it does not use radiation. The AMAS test measures serum levels of an antibody found to be elevated in the early stages of active, non-terminal malignancies.

For Natural Cures members, our Breast cancer Cure gives you detailed information about health protocols, diet, detox and supplements which can all help in the prevention of cancer. It also gives you information about alternative treatments and remedies if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

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Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

1 Comment

  1. kim kuhl  /  1 March, 2013, 11:21 am Reply

    I never believed in mammography , chemo, or sunblock. I have been taking supplements most of my life and have tried to eat healthy always. I have juiced etc. I eat butter. I drink red wine. I eat eggs 2 – 3 times a week(range) I haven’t been to a doctor in 20 years. That’s not saying I don’t have something wrong, I may have. I feel fine. And, I’m not saying there is not a use for doctors. There are many times when they are needed but in more cases than not all you end up is sicker than when you went in and the epidemic of pill popping is unbelievable. I believe in natural allways. And, by the way there have been many cures for cancer for many decades. Cancer is big business and they will never let a cure out as long as the powers that be are in charge. My father had cancer and was taken to Tiauana, Mexico in the early 80’s where they were curing cancer with nutrition. Mexico you ask? Yes, holistic medicine at least at that time was illegal in the good ol USA. Check out http://www.peoplehelpingpeople.com if it is still there and go to the cancer section. You will be disgusted by what this govt has done with illness both stopping a cure and causing the illness in the first place.

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