Why I Will Never Have Another Mammogram

Like every other woman, I love my breasts and I don’t want to lose them. The thought of losing one or both breasts—not to mention your life—has caused the mammogram industry to flourish and make billions of dollars every year. But roughly smashing beautiful body parts and irradiating them? I could not help but wonder why we submitting to something so counterintuitive to health?

I respect anyone who has undergone breast cancer. Every one of us has to make our own choices when it comes to cancer diagnostics and treatments. But after three mammograms, I knew that I wasn’t going back for more.

I began to read about studies done here in the United States, in Canada, Scotland, and Sweden that concluded that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths. Way back in July 1995 The Lancet wrote, “the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are over-diagnosed.” (Translation the women either died anyway or underwent unnecessary treatment (false positives are as high as 89 percent).

The stress of mammograms, false positives, and the resulting biopsies and surgeries are not without cost. Significant emotional and physical stress, not to mention the drugs that are inevitably dispensed, have consequences. No one can go through that and come out unscathed.

Certainly some women have to have had their lives saved by mammograms. According to the New York Times, “4,000 to 18,000 women being helped by the test, a small portion of the 230,000 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer annually in the U.S. and a minuscule fraction of the 39 million American women who undergo mammograms each www.NancyDeville.com

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