Truth on Mammograms

Lazris & Rifkin’s Risk-Benefit Characterization Theater

Mammograms are said to cut the risk of dying from breast cancer by as much as 20 percent, which sounds like an invincible argument for regular screening.

Two Maryland researchers want people to question that kind of thinking. They want patients to reexamine the usefulness of cancer exams, cholesterol tests, osteoporosis pills, MRI scans and many other routinely prescribed procedures and medicines.

Dr. Mercola writes that the Huffington Post stated in a recent article that fewer women are going to be screened for breast cancer with mammograms, if Obamacare is repealed. He asks if that’s a bad thing since “studies have repeatedly negated the idea that mammograms lower death rates, noting more women are harmed in the process than are actually saved.”

Mercola states that if you feel an actual lump in your breast a mammogram may be warranted but to consider other non-ionizing alternatives such as ultrasounds as they are considered superior – especially for dense-breasted women who are at a higher risk for a false negative mammogram.  A safer alternative, thermal imaging or Thermography, can be performed in about 15 minutes and is safe, non-invasive, painless, and accurate. Unlike mammograms, which can actually increase the risk of breast cancer by bombarding patients with high levels of radiation, thermography emits no radiation.   The technique can also indicate the threat or presence of gum disease, TMJ, dental abscesses, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, arthritis, heart disease, musculoskeletal injury, and vascular and neurological dysfunction.   Costs for Thermography are from $175-$250, while mammography costs range wildly from $0-$2,786.95!

Beyond the initial costs of mammograms are “hidden costs,” which include more testing and over treatment.