One in seven American women is currently suffering from breast cancer. The medical establishment pushes annual mammograms as the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer, with the idea that early detection reduces mortality. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal shows that annual mammograms do nothing to reduce mortality rates beyond that of “physical examination or usual care.”
In the study performed by Canadian researchers, 89,305 Canadian women aged 40-59 were enrolled and randomly assigned to one of two groups: one that receive mammograms and one that did not. During the study period that encompassed 25 years, 3,250 women receiving mammograms and 3,133 not receiving them were diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those 3,250 receiving mammograms, 500 died from breast cancer. Of those not receiving mammograms, 505 died from breast cancer.
In others words, there is no significant difference in the death rates of women whether they receive mammograms or not.
Mammograms use ionizing radiation — known to cause cancer — to provide a radiological image of the breasts. But each mammogram a woman receives increases her risk of developing breast cancer by 1 percent.
While mammograms do reveal abnormalities in breast tissue at an earlier stage than physical examinations, the study shows that earlier diagnosis does not translate to improved mortality rates. Mammograms also produce a number of false positives that cause women needless stress and usually result in additional mammograms or other procedures to make a complete diagnosis.
Thermography is non-toxic method of imaging that should be considered. It uses heat and does not expose the breast to repeated doses of radiation.
To prevent breast cancer (and all cancers), women (everyone) should eat a healthy diet consisting primarily of organic and mostly raw vegetables and avoid genetically modified foods and those treated with pesticides. The quantities of meat — particularly red meat — consumed should be reduced; and any meat should be organic, from free-range animals not treated with antibiotics and hormones. And don’t forget to take a vitamin D3 supplement.