Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Surprise: Radiating Breast Tissue causes Breast Cancer

This post is no surprise to me. I have been saying this for years to women and to the men that love them. Here are my issues with Breast Mammography in order of importance:

1. Breast Mammography does not prevent nor decrease the incidence of Breast Cancer
2. Breast Mammography is not and has never been the best way to detect Breast Cancer once it is there, which is the only thing it is good for.
3. Irradiating any body tissue, much less tissues that have higher cell turnover or higher fat content, has the risk of causing cell dysplasia or abnormal mitosis which in our common vernacular is the big "C" word.
4. Compressing breast tissue on a flat screen between two plates just doesn't sound like fun.

Of course this article cautions right off the bat with the word "may". Whatever. I have heard so many times the medical community and studies caution that "such and such may cause such and such but we can't be conclusive". That should now be your clue that whatever is being talked about in the study actually does cause whatever terrible condition is mentioned in that same study. Please stop using mammograms at all and if you want a baseline breast imaging study in your fifties or because you have risk factors choose an MRI or thermography.

DR C

3 Comments:

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous vj said...

It will be interesting to see how my OBGYN doc responses when I tell him "no thanks" to his order for a mammogram. And yes, you are right, it hurts like the dickens and it is certainly NO fun having your breasts smashed between two plates.

I will print this article up for future refrences. Thanks for this post...I've often wondered about this myself.
vj

 
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