Pro-Mammogram Statistics Draw Challenge
It’s been reported for years that mammograms actually increase the risk of a woman developing cancer because of the radiation a mammogram sends into human tissue. National organizations such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federal advisory board, revised their mammogram recommendations saying that women under 50 years old only needed to have them every 2 years instead of every year.
But doctors and pharmaceutical companies continued to push for women to get them every year despite the increased risk of the very disease that mammogram’s were supposed to detect – tumorous cancers.
Well now researchers from the British Medical Journal say that the group known as, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, used advertisements to overstate the benefit that mammograms have on survival rates of women with breast cancer.
“The ad campaign doesn’t present screening as a genuine choice — it suggests you’d have to be crazy or stupid not to get screened,” said editorial author Dr. Steven Woloshin, a professor at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine. According to Dr. Woloshin, whether or not to get screened is actually a “genuine decision, because there are benefits and harms,” Woloshin said.
Woloshin said that the decision to be screened is personal and should be based on factors including age and family history. Younger women, for example, are less likely to have breast cancer in general, but those with a strong family history of the disease might want to be screened earlier.
This is also on the heels of numerous reports showing that vitamin D3 significantly reduces breast cancer rates and allows the human body to better fight cancer.
One would think more emphasis should be placed on vitamin D3 in preventing breast cancer rather than too-frequent mammograms that actually do harm and contribute to causing the disease.