Do You Have All the Facts About Mammograms?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Chiro Blog | 0 comments

thermography in mesa azAs a woman you are expected to get a mammogram as you age. But is that really the best test for breast cancer? Is your doctor giving you all the facts?  Recent studies are challenging the validity of this gold standard procedure.  In a 2011 meta-analysis, it was found that mammogram screenings led to a 30% increase in the over diagnosis and overtreatment of what was thought to be breast cancer.  This type of testing can give high numbers of false positives and negatives.  According to Dr. Johnnie Ham, 30 years of US governmental data studied found that as many as 1/3 of cancers detected by mammography may not have been life threatening and that over 1 million may have been over diagnosed leading to many unnecessary treatments that include disfiguring surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy.

The newest mammogram is the 3D tonosynthesis which was supposed to alleviate the compression of the breast for testing.  However, this test does still use mechanical compression and exposes the woman to 30% more radiation.  Why is this of concern? Compression of breast tissue can actually damage the breast tissue and cause the spread of cancer that may actually be there.  Repeated radiation also can be a possible cause of cancer.  The other thing to keep in mind is that mammography itself is ineffective in 50% of women (women with dense breasts and implants.)  On an x-ray dense breasts and cancer both appear white, therefore making it difficult to tell if it actually is cancer.

The other alternatives to these procedures are self and clinical breast exams, thermography, ultrasound, and MRI.  These tests are non-invasive and highly effective.  Opting for these testing procedures would help lower the percentage of over diagnoses and overtreatment of what is thought to be breast cancer as well as preventing unnecessary double mastectomies.

What are some things you can do to help prevent breast cancer on your own?  Make sure you are getting plenty of Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, and Iodine, get lymphatic massage, practice stress management techniques such as yoga and meditation, exercise, and make sure your hormones are naturally balanced.  Be sure to avoid processed and GMO foods as well as toxic environments.

It is your body and you have the right to have all the facts. Ask questions and make your decision from there.

For more information on Medical Infrared Thermal Imaging contact or Reed Chiropractic at 480-785-1355.  We are currently taking appointments for our next scan date of July 18th.

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