Truth About Mammograms & The Best Alternatives
Again Proven Harmful to Women and Actually May Increase Cancer Risk
About A Safer Options
Send Women To Their Deathbeds Faster And Increase Their Risk of Breast Cancer
As Much As 30 Percent
with the established evidence which supports the long-term health risks
and danger of mammograms, the medical community still pushes them like pancakes.
Besides overdiagnosis and the unnecessary treatment of insignificant cancers,
mammograms cause radiation-induced breast cancer themselves, increasing
several risk factors for the disease.
of cancers that would otherwise never have caused symptoms or death in a
woman’s lifetime can expose a woman to the immediate risks of therapy
(surgical deformity or toxicities from radiation therapy, hormone therapy,
or chemotherapy), late sequelae (lymphedema), and late effects of therapeutic
radiation (new cancers, scarring, or cardiac toxicity). Although the specific
plan of oncologists is usually to recommend tailored treatments according
to tumor characteristics, there is still no reliable way to distinguish
which cancer would never progress in an individual patient; and consequently
treatments are lumped into the “treat all just in case” just
in case category.
cancer screening does not play a direct role in the reductions of deaths
due to breast cancer in almost every region in the world. Part of the failure
correlates to more than 70 percent of mammographically detected tumors being
false positives leading to unnecessary and invasive biopsies and subsequent
cancer treatment such as radiation which itself causes cancer.
Than Half Result In Overdiagnosis
of all breast cancers detected by screening mammograms, up to 54%
are estimated to be results of overdiagnosis. The best estimations of
overdiagnosis come from either long-term follow-up of RCTs of screening
or the calculation of excess incidence in large screening programs.
no evidence ever having supported any recommendations made for regular periodic
screening and mammography at any age, malicious
recommendations from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American
College of Radiology (ACR) on breast cancer screening are now promoting
that breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 and earlier in high-risk
in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), the recommendations
released by the SBI and ACR state that the average patient should begin
annual breast cancer screening at age 40. They also target women in their
30s if they are considered “high risk” as they stated.
10% of women will be recalled from each screening examination for further
testing, and only
5 of the 100 women recalled will have cancer. Approximately 50% of women
screened annually for 10 years in the United States will experience a false
positive, of whom 7%
to 17% will have biopsies. The risk of cancer increases as much as 30%
in a given 10 year period of women being exposed to yearly mammograms.
mutations can cause breast cancer, especially if exposure occurs before
age 30 years and is at high doses, such as from mantle radiation therapy
for Hodgkin disease. The breast dose associated with a typical two-view
mammogram is approximately 4 mSv and extremely unlikely to cause cancer.
One Sv is equivalent to 200 mammograms. Latency is at least 8 years, and
the increased risk is lifelong.
rate of advanced breast cancer for U.S. women 25 to 39 years old nearly
doubled from 1976 to 2009, a difference too great to be a matter of chance.
1.53 out of every 100,000 American women 25 to 39 years old was diagnosed
with advanced breast cancer, a study in the American Medical Association
found. By 2009, the rate had almost doubled to 2.9 per 100,000 women in
that age group — a difference too large to be a chance result.
Far More Harm Than Good
study published in the New
England Journal of Medicine is bringing mainstream attention to the
fact that mammography has caused far more harm than good in the millions
of women who have employed it over the past 30 years as their primary strategy
in the fight against breast cancer
“Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer
Incidence,” researchers estimated that among women younger than 40
years of age, breast cancer was overdiagnosed, i.e. “tumors were detected
on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms,” in 1.3
million U.S. women over the past 30 years. In 2008, alone, “breast
cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31%
of all breast cancers diagnosed.
mammography-detected breast cancer presents without symptoms in the majority
of women within which it is detected, and if left untreated will not progress
to cause harm to women. Indeed, without x-ray diagnostic technologies, many
if not most of the women diagnosed with it would never have known they had
it in the first place. The journal Lancet
Oncology, in fact, published a cohort study last year finding that even
clinically verified “invasive” cancers appear to regress with
time if left untreated:
believe many invasive breast cancers detected by repeated mammography
screening do not persist to be detected by screening at the end of 6 years,
suggesting that the natural course of many of the screen-detected invasive
breast cancers is to spontaneously regress.”
study authors point out “The introduction of screening mammography
in the United States has been associated with a doubling in the number of
cases of early-stage breast cancer that are detected each year.” And
yet, they noted, only 6.5% of these early-stage breast cancer cases were
expected to progress to advanced disease. Mammography-detected breast cancer
and related ‘abnormal breast findings,’ in other words, may
represent natural, benign variations in breast morphology. Preemptive treatment
strategies, however, are still employed today as the standard of care, with
mastectomy rates actually increasing since 2004.
also questionable whether screening mammograms can even provide genuine
‘early diagnosis’ as is frequently claimed. A new blood test
being developed in America and Nottingham, England will pick up on proteins
developed by the very earliest ‘rogue’ cells almost before a
cancer has formed. In the press release the scientists claim that this is
a good 4 years before a mammogram can show up a tumour. Apparently, a cancer
makes about 40 divisions during its life, and mammograms cannot pick up
a breast tumour until it is of a sufficient size, usually around 20 such
divisions. So much for early diagnosis!
controversy has the media buzzing about a reversal of policy over its
decision to cut funding to PP and mammogram screening procedures. The real
issue for women’s health is not about funding but about the deadly
effects from radiation spewing from mammogram screening devices.
mammograms are far less effective at preventing breast cancer deaths and
far more expected to cause unnecessary procedures, over-treatment and ultimately
accelerate death more than any other screening method on women.
routine mammogram screening typically involves four x-rays, two per breast.
This amounts to more than 150 times the amount of radiation that is used
for a single chest x-ray. Bottom line: screening mammograms send a strong
dose of ionizing radiation through your tissues. Any dose of ionizing
radiation is capable of contributing to cancer and heart disease.
increase the risk of developing cancer in premenopausal women.
require breast tissue to be squeezed firmly between two plates. This compressive
force can damage small blood vessels which can result in existing cancerous
cells spreading to other areas of the body.
Cancers that exist
in pre-menopausal women with dense breast tissue and in postmenopausal
women on estrogen replacement therapy are commonly undetected by screening
For women who have
a family history of breast cancer and early onset of menstruation, the
risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer with screening mammograms when
no cancer actually exists can be as high as 100 percent.
Better Solution: Thermography
(also called thermology) is a little-known technique for breast cancer detection
that’s been available since the 1960s. It’s non-invasive and
non-toxic, using an infrared camera to measure thermal emissions from the
entire chest and auxiliary regions. Cancerous tissue develops a blood supply
to feed a growing tumor, and the abnormal blood vessel formations generate
significantly more heat than the surrounding healthy tissue. The infrared
camera detects the differences in heat emitted from abnormal tissue (including
malignancies, benign tumors and fibrocystic disease), as compared to normal
tissue. There is no physical contact with the patient, who stands several
feet away from the camera while a technician takes a series of images.
set of images is taken following a “cold challenge”. The patient
places her hands in ice cold water for one minute causing healthy tissue
to constrict while the abnormal tumor tissue remains hot. The infrared scanner
easily distinguishes the difference, and these images are compared with
the first set for confirmation.
can detect abnormalities before the onset of a malignancy, and as early
as ten years before being recognized by other procedures such as manual
breast exam, mammography, ultrasound or MRI. This makes it potentially life-saving
for women who are unknowingly developing abnormalities, as it can take several
years for a cancerous tumor to develop and be detected by mammogram. Its
accuracy is also impressive, with false negative and false positive rates
at 9% for each. Thermography is also an effective way to establish a baseline
for comparison with future scans; therefore, women should begin screening
by the age of 25.
widely embraced by alternative health care practitioners, thermography’s
obscurity in the mainstream means that too many women rely on mammograms
as their only option. There are several reasons for thermography’s
lack of support by the conventional medical community. Early thermal scanners
were not very sensitive, nor were they well-tested before being used in
clinical practice. This resulted in many misdiagnosed cases and its utter
dismissal by the medical community. Since then the technology has advanced
dramatically and thermography now uses highly sensitive state-of-the-art
infrared cameras and sophisticated computers. A wealth of clinical research
attests to its high degree of sensitivity and accuracy. In 1982, the FDA
approved thermography for breast cancer screening, yet most of the medical
establishment is either unaware of it or still associates it with its early
false start. Since most women are also uninformed of the technology there
is no pressure on the medical community to support it.
breast thermography boasts vastly improved technology and more extensive
scientific clinical research.
the article references data from major peer review journals and research
on more than 300,000 women who have been tested using the technology. Combined
with the successes in detecting breast cancer with greater accuracy than
other methods, the technology is slowly gaining ground among more progressive
About the Author: Dave
Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research,
cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.
Best Breast Cancer Screening Options for Women
No doubt, the
emphasis this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be on prevention,
and rightly so. Recent statistics show that approximately 12% of all women
in the United States will develop the disease in their lifetime.
In 2016, this
means about 246,660 new breast cancer cases. Unfortunately, what also comes
like clockwork every October is the onslaught of campaigns from organizations
like Susan G. Komen which encourage mammograms as the only option for prevention.
in official mammography recommendations were finalized in the beginning
of this year. However, this is leaving consumers with a lot of questions
- and wanting answers - about other breast cancer screening options.
Cancer Society Says: Cut Back on Mammograms Now
A report created
in 2015 by the U.S. Preventative Task Force (USPTF) rattled the conventional
oncology community when it first came out. The report, which was finalized
this past January, recommended that women cut their exposure to mammograms
evidence reviewed by the USPSTF indicates that a large proportion of the
benefit of screening mammography is maintained by biennial screening,
and changing from annual to biennial screening is likely to reduce the
harms of mammography screening by nearly half.”
It did not take
long for the American Cancer Society (ACS) to respond with a change in their
own policies. Before the ink was dry on the preliminary USPFT report, the
ACS issued their recommendations, which took effect in July 2015.
American Cancer Society now recommends that women with “average
risk” of breast cancer begin annual exams at 45 years of age, not
at 40. In addition, the ACS now recommend that women over 55 cut back
to biennial screenings instead of getting them once a year.
This change in
policy begs the question of why. Just what are the risks that the USPTF
talks about in their report?
by the Media Minimized Mammography Dangers
when the ACS’s new recommendations came out, the focus was on the
risk of “false positives.” False diagnoses of breast cancer
after mammogram should be of concern since they can account for up to 20%
of all detections. They can sometimes lead to risky biopsy and, in the most
extreme cases, they can also lead to chemo, radiation, and mastectomy. In
addition, the emotional strain of a breast cancer diagnosis causes needless
suffering in all cases.
false positives are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dangers
2006 study published in the British Journal of Radiology found that low-level
radiation used in a typical mammogram could be four to six times more
damaging to cells than higher level x-Rays (breast tissue is very sensitive
and susceptible to radiation, which can accumulate in the body with each
you have been diagnosed with Dense Breasts (Dense Breast Syndrome), your
doctor may be required by law to encourage you to get additional mammograms
as well as MRIs, PET scans, ultrasound, and even biopsy. These requirements
continue in 22 U.S. states despite this National Cancer Institute’s
stance on Dense Breast Syndrome. The NCI states that “breast density
alone should not dictate whether women should receive additional screening
for breast cancer after a normal result on a screening mammogram.”
Canadian study of women ages 40 to 59 that lasted more than two decades
came to the conclusion that annual mammograms do not reduce mortality
rates any more than breast self-exams do.
can actually cause cancer. Some experts believe that a woman’s breast
cancer risk rises 2% with each mammogram performed (Dr. Russell Blaylock,
MD). This is because of all the compressing, poking, and prodding as well
as the radiation exposure that usually accompanies a typical exam.
Tests You Can Take NOW for Early Breast Cancer Detection
By the time a
tumor shows up with mammography, it has already been growing for five to
eight years. For this reason and more, the word is getting out to women
who wish to be proactive with breast cancer prevention that they do have
alternatives to mammography:
is considered the “gold standard” of alternative testing options
since it is non-invasive, safe, and can detect possible tumor activity years
before a mammogram can. In fact, a 2008 study published in the American
Journal of Surgery concluded that breast thermography has a 97% “sensitivity
rating” for finding malignancies before a visible tumor has been formed.
Contact the American College of Clinical Thermography for more information.
Iodine is absolutely
vital for breast health because iodine acts as “food” for many
functions connected to the reproductive and endocrine system… including
the all-important thyroid. Consider a 24 hour loading test, available online.
If possible, test to check if you have fluoride and bromide in your system
as well. (Some of the iodine kits test for bromide as well.) Too much of
these toxic environmental substances can block iodine absorption.
of sedentary, indoor lifestyles and bad eating habits, most Americans are
deficient in Vitamin D. This is a sad fact since there is a direct and research-verified
connection between vitamin D deficiency and breast cancer. A test for your
vitamin levels can usually be easily administered by your doctor.
your overall hormone levels checked is a good choice especially during your
perimenopausal and menopausal years. Saliva tests that take a look at your
“Estrogen Quotient” can check the balance of the three estrogens
that affect breast health: estriol, estrone, and especially estradiol. Other
hormone-related tests can check progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol,
and other stress-related hormones that play a part in overall breast health.
Another important test is one that will check for estrogen methylation,
which is basically the way that the body metabolizes estrogen. Slow or non-existent
methylation of hormones can be a sign of cancer risk since cancer cells
tend to have improper methylation overall.
Finally, if you
suspect that you may be at high risk of cancer, then ONCOblot may be for
you. This is a unique and one-of-a-kind test that was created by Purdue
University researchers Drs. Dorothy and James Morré. ONCOblot will
check for the universal cancer cell marker ENOX2 and Mammograms-breast-cancer-screeningcan
also identify the specific origin of cancer cells in the bloodstream. ONCOblot
is said to have a 99% accuracy rate for discovering tumors when they are
tinier than a pinhead. Go to the Oncoblot website to find a professional
who can administer the test.
and in the months to come, the choice to get a mammogram will be a deeply
personal yet important one, and only you can decide if it is right for you.
At the same time, it is important to know the dangers and also that you
have options other than mammography for breast cancer screening. Safe and
extremely effective alternative testing methods do exist and more women
are using them every year.
in America and other industrialized countries are convinced that regular
mammograms are crucial to detecting breast cancer. Enormous funding and
research has swayed the public into believing this to be true. Yet despite
this, mammography has a very strong opposition in many quadrants of the
medical and natural health communities. The question remains: are mammograms
the best test for breast cancer?
provide an X-ray image of breasts in which doctors will look for evidence
of growing tumors that may go unnoticed during a routine physical exam.
Needed to produce the image, X-rays expose the patient to ionizing radiation.
and dangers come with mammography use including the exposure to radiation,
financial burden, and the rate of inaccuracies. Until 2001, women over the
age of 50 were urged to receive annual mammograms. This is when American
health officials changed their recommendations to include all women over
40 years of age. Yet back in July of 1995, the British medical journal,
The Lancet, published that “the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal,
the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous…”
of “False Positive” Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
positive” on a breast cancer test triggers an enormous amount of emotional
stress on both patients and their family members. One research team analyzed
mammogram diagnostics from 60,000 women. False positives were detected in
70% of the detected areas of concern.
tremendously high rate of false positive diagnosis has many doctors skeptical
of the efficacy of mammography. Furthermore, false detection results in
invasive and avoidable biopsies. Upon further testing from these biopsies,
70-80% of detected “tumors” on mammograms revealed no presence
of a False Positive Diagnosis
emotional trauma that comes with believing you have cancer is enough to
trigger and accelerate illness in the body. False positive diagnoses are
often followed up with unnecessary mastectomies, chemotherapy, and radiation
treatment. These treatments further damage an individual’s health
by creating physical, emotional, and economic burdens.
mammograms expose a woman to a significantly high amount of ionizing radiation.
We are all exposed to ionizing radiation produced from the natural world
around us. Our bodies can manage this small amount of radiation, but when
high doses of exposure occurs annually there are health risks involved.
have ever had a spinal or chest X-ray performed, the radiation that you
were exposed to was 1,000 times less than the radiation that is required
to complete one series of mammograms to two breasts. Many experts agree
that this quantity of radiation actually increases an individual’s
risks of breast cancer. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, proposes that the likelihood
of breast cancer raises 2% each year a mammogram is performed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) has stated that for every 15 cases of breast
cancer mammography identifies, it may actually cause 75 breast cancer diagnoses.
For this reason younger women are especially at risk for the dangers involving
mammography testing. In fact, studies have shown that young women tested
annually have up to a 52% increase in breast cancer related deaths.
Stimulate Cancer Growth
the onset of mammography, the rate of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has
elevated by 328%. DCIS is a type of early stage breast cancer. Researchers
have discovered the oncogene AC which is extremely sensitive to radiation.
Women with the oncogene AC are at an even higher risk when they undergo
mammography testing. It is estimated that 10,000 individuals whom carry
the gene will die of breast cancer annually as a consequence of mammography.
way mammograms induce cancer growth is by compressing the patient’s
breasts. This action releases cancerous cells into circulation thereby increasing
the risk that the malignancy will spread systemically.
clinical associate at the NCI in immunology and pharmacology, Dr. Charles
Simone, has strongly advocated against mammography for breast cancer screening.
Dr. Simone said, “Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast
cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth.”
A Better Breast Cancer Test
believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Somehow our
society has missed the fact that we should strive every day to live an anti-cancer
lifestyle. Rather, we are told that we should only screen our health each
year while simultaneously we are led to believe it is okay to live a lifestyle
destructive to our health.
the inevitable results with a positive cancer diagnosis, we are treated
like a victim. Instead we should be taught how years of abuse has led to
been my choice to live an anti-cancer lifestyle and avoid the dangers involved
with “testing for disease.” If you have not followed this same
healthy lifestyle, I recommend thermography testing for a safe and effective
way to screen for cancer.
Gold Standard for Detecting Breast Cancer
is a new technology that measures inflammation in the body. This makes it
especially well equipped to detect the growth of cancer cells. This tool
is far less invasive than mammography and is also more effective.
disease is characterized by inflammatory pathways in the body, and cancer
is not excluded. Unfortunately, disease must typically have already developed
in the body for it to be detected by much of today’s medical procedures.
Instead of looking for the originating cause, the medical community focuses
on the effect of a problem in the body - the cancer. Advanced health care
practitioners use diagnostic testing and methodology that searches for the
cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.
Does Thermography Screen for Cancer?
scans the body, measuring surface temperature and presenting this information
as a digital image. This digital map illustrates heat patterns in the body
and is tremendously accurate. Patterns can detect infection and abnormal
mammograms which only analyze anatomical changes such as a lump, thermograms
provide detailed information on vascular function in the breast. When blood
flow increases to specific areas of the body, the temperature of that region
also raises. Cancerous cell growth is represented by increased circulation
resulting from infection and inflammation. Thermographs can screen for subtle
physiological abnormalities that accompany disease before a large mass or
lump will reveal its presence on a mammogram.
Asymmetry Indicates Abnormalities
the body should be in a state of thermal symmetry. Areas of asymmetry can
indicate problems and are analyzed specifically for underlying pathology.
Cancerous growth thrives with elevated blood flow and requires a high demand
for nutrient supply. The body cannot identify the metabolic difference between
cancer cells and healthy cells, resulting in the increased supply of blood
cells around the active cancer cells.
can identify this abnormal blood flow long before cancer growth becomes
a mass detectable during a routine breast exam. Thermography is estimated
to identify cancer growth 10 years before a mammogram shows a tumor.
Typically Appear Purple
the breasts do not generate much heat. Healthy breasts appear purple on
a thermographic image indicating low heat levels. Spots appearing red, orange,
or yellow should be looked at further as these colors may indicate the presence
than 250,000 women participated in studies detailing thermography screening
over the last 30 years. These large, long-durational studies have demonstrated
a sensitivity and specificity of 90%. From these research groups it has
been shown that a woman is 22 times more likely to develop breast cancer
when she has consistently abnormal thermograms.
and Safety of Thermograms as a Breast Cancer Test
provided by thermograms is reliably accurate and provides objective data.
The devices are painless, non-invasive, and provide quick results.
high concentrations of ionizing radiation produced from mammograms make
it one of the most dangerous medical devices used. Thermograms emit zero
ionizing radiation and instead use safe infrared technology.
to Expect With a Thermography Test for Breast Cancer
your first thermography session you will provide a baseline reading referred
to by practitioners as the “thermal signature.” Typically it
will be recommended that you receive a second screening three months later
to detect changes. The vascularity and blood flow pattern is then analyzed
between the two readings. Going forward it’s recommended the patient
receive annual thermography tests.
results are given in a professionally written report by a radiologist who
is trained in thermographic studies. Thermography testing is not approved
for diagnostic interpretation, so you will not get a definitive diagnosis
from the test.
you will see that abnormal readings will be noted as “at some or at
strong risk,” whereas normal findings are listed as “at low
natural or integrative health care clinics are beginning to offer thermography
testing. You can do a Google search for thermography offerings in your local