In our society, women have been sold on the benefit of mammograms almost from birth. It simply isn’t something that you question. However, like so many things in life, things are not always what they seem.
For example, mammograms have actually been linked as a factor to breast cancer. This means that the very action that doctors are recommending that women take for early detection so that women can survive breast cancer makes it more likely these very same women will get cancer. Dr. Mercola writes,
“First of all, it’s important to realize that the ionizing radiation used to discern breast tumors is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer. Additionally, if you do have a malignant tumor, the crushing compression of your breast could potentially cause it to spread.“
Then, a whole other issue arises in the misuse of terminology to sell a service.
“Secondly, the identification of the word ‘prevention’ with ‘early detection,’ is a disingenuous way of saying that ‘all we can do to prevent breast cancer is to detect its inevitable presence sooner than would be possible without this technology.’
“This is absolute deceptive hogwash as nothing could be further from the truth. Detection is NOT prevention, and really should not be advertised as such.”
Unfortunately, though, doctors are not the only culprits in leading women away from real solutions and towards causes (being sold as solutions). The Susan G. Koman Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation both appear to be leading women astray. Again, Dr. Mercola writes,
“The Susan G. Komen Foundation has done a great deal of harm to women by obfuscating the authentic preventative measures available to combat breast cancer; downplaying the preventive role of a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables for example, while heavily promoting mammography.” and
“Type in ‘carcinogen in [the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s] site wide search box and you will be rewarded with ZERO results. Not a single page addresses the role of carcinogenic chemicals in the development of breast cancer.”
Additionally, accusations are arising that false positive diagnoses using mammograms lead to “cures” of cancers that were never real in the first place, thus giving more credence to a dangerous method.
What is certainly clear from all of this is that women need to take it upon themselves to do their own research and be fully informed so that they can make their choices to improve their lives instead of dying at their doctor’s recommendations.