Cancer is a serious problem and it is not something to be underestimated. Because of it, millions of women everywhere go and see their doctors about their annual mammogram, the traditional breast cancer screening procedure.
Mammograms involve pressing a woman’s breasts between two metal platforms to scope out tumors and it has been practiced for many years. However, what if this common procedure is doing more harm than good??
What if it is not nearly as effective as millions of women trust it to be?
Recently, surgeons have begun questioning the controversial practice of mammograms, revealing multiple studies that show mammograms can be entirely ineffective. In addition, they can actually cause harm to the women that use them.
Why do We Still Get Mammograms
People are commonly told that the mammogram is the only way to identify breast cancer in its very early stages, however reviews from eight scientific trails investigating the procedure found that mammography is neither safe for the patient nor altogether effective in finding cancerous properties.
More than 600,000 women between the ages of 39 and 74 have undergone a monitored procedure on a routine basis. And after reviewing the data gathered, researchers uncovered that a great many of the examined women were actually misdiagnosed in response to a mammography.
The research discovered that many women ended up being mistreated with chemotherapy, resulting in new health issues. More women end up getting misdiagnosed, and consequently mistreated, in response to mammography than those that actually avoid the development of terminal breast cancer.
Thus, it has become increasingly clear that mammography is an entirely outdated resource that is more fitting for the leaving it in the past than it being a modern medical treatment. It is especially misfit as a star player in women’s medicine.
New Studies about Mammography
A study done in Switzerland that originated from Canada, from the Canadian National Brest Screening study done in 2014, concluded that mammography screening do not reduce mortality rates at any means better than your average physical breast examination. This means that women are paying much more to get a fancy mammography, when they could feel for lumps and bumps themselves and get the same results.
Consequently, the procedure is utterly unnecessary and actually harmful. As Dr. Sarah Mybill said, “I believe that if you did have a tumor, the last thing you would want to do is crush that tumor between two plates because that would spread it”.
The list of research goes on and on. There have been countless studies done exp[ressing the severe uselessness of mammography. The math calculates it this way:
“If we assume that screening reduces breast cancer mortality by 15% and that over diagnosis and overtreatment is at 30%, it means that for every 2000 women invited for a screening throughout 10 years, one will avoid dying of breast cancer and 10 perfectly healthy, cancer-free women who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily”.
It might seem crazy that doctors today are attempting to treat cancer with tools that are useless. Women need to be educated about their bodies and use the kinds of tools that can accurately determine the state of their health.