Mammograms Are Dangerous; Explore Healthier Alternatives

Mammograms Are Dangerous; Explore Healthier Alternatives Guest post by Nonie De Long

Many people do not realize that mammograms are dangerous. After all, family physicians recommend all women to have them done, and routinely when women reach 50 or when they are at risk of breast cancer due to genetic factors. But the fact is, mammograms emit radiation that cumulatively causes cancer. I have confirmed this with over 4 physicians over the years, but they are trained to believe that this is an acceptable risk due to the benefits of early detection. However, every time a woman has a mammogram done, she has at least 2x-rays on each breast and the amount of radiation this causes is the equivalent of 1000 normal chest x-rays! And, while some people can withstand that level of exposure, some women have a particular gene (oncogene AC) that makes them particularly sensitive to radiation. Mammograms taken in routine examinations by these women can kill them. And the incidence of this gene is not as rare as you might think, given that no woman I have spoken to has been notified by her doctor of these risks before her prescribed mammogram.

Has your doctor ever explained any of this risk to you before recommending a mammogram?

To further complicate things, mammograms are not only unsafe, they also have a very high false positive rate. Dr. Jockers, writing for Natural News reports that: “In one large study looking at 60,000 women, the researchers found that 70% of the detected tumors were not tumors at all… Research has shown that 70-80% of all positive mammograms do not show the presence of cancer upon further biopsy testing.” http://www.naturalnews.com/033458_mammography_dangers.html#ixzz1WXH71JiA

So mammograms are dangerous, and even lethal to a portion of the population, and they are extremely inaccurate. Furthermore, the compression used in mammograms – equivalent to putting a 50lb weight on your breast – can cause cancer cells to spread. Well duh. And, while a breast can be removed, once cancer is in the lymph nodes, located right beside the breasts, it can spread quickly and is often very difficult to treat effectively.

It amazes me that doctors continue to prescribe mammograms when there remain safe, effective alternatives to mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. The ultrasound is one option.

While x-rays use ionizing radiation, ultrasound uses sonography, or sound waves bounced off the body to render images of the internal structures. In fact, ultrasounds are able to detect cancerous tumors that are missed by mammograms due to their size or the nature of the breast, as some breasts are naturally lumpy and hard to discern with accuracy. Ultrasound and MRIs render more information than a mammogram, are painless, and are non-invasive. Since they detect more, in some cases a false positive might also be detected, but then a biopsy would discern with greater accuracy what the issue is, as with a mammogram.

Thermography is another option. It uses the heat of the body to generate an image. Think predator. (I have a sci-fi son lol!) Thermography is extremely safe and effective in breast cancer screening, with rigorous studies to back it up. It can detect anomalies years before mammograms do and early enough to make enhanced prevention – through diet and lifestyle changes – the only treatment needed in many cases. It boasts a really high accuracy rate, and doesn’t hurt.

“Instead of just screening for breast cancer, a thermogram can tell you how healthy your breasts are. It also has the potential to truly detect breast cell anomalies long before mammography can detect cancer, when done properly. This allows you to implement lifestyle changes that can improve the health of your breasts proactively instead of waiting for a cancer diagnosis later. In honor of Breast Health Awareness month, I encourage you to check out thermography for yourself and your loved ones.”Christiane Northrup http://www.drfranklipman.com/the-best-breast-test-the-promise-of-thermography/

If you or a loved one needs breast cancer screening you might weigh the risks and advantages and pass the info along.

Mammograms Are Dangerous; Explore Healthier Alternatives Guest post by Nonie De Long

Nonie is a freelance writer and photographer out of Toronto, Ontario. She founded Stone-Soup.ca to disseminate truthful health information after she witnessed diet and supplements heal her son of serious mental health conditions. Stone-Soup is in the process of expanding to include a gluten-free, diabetic friendly catering company in the GTA, as well as free podcasts, newsletters, and an extensive blog of holistic health information. Nonie remains committed to natural health freedom and initiatives. You can contact Nonie at email@stone-soup.ca

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