The health news today supports what we at the Diet Madhouse have been saying loud and clear. Screening’s power to cut the risk of dying of breast cancer has been wildly overinflated. See http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/radiation-may-up-breast-cancer-risk-in-some-women
Yearly mammograms are not nearly as effective at reducing the risk of dying of breast cancer as we would like to think. Screening tests do a great job at catching cancers destined to exist quietly without causing problems but they have a poor record of catching the fastest-growing and most deadly cancers in time to cure them. The tests pick up many small cancers that would never have caused any symptoms, and treatments can cause harm. For instance, Tamoxifen can trigger life-threatening clots in the lungs.
In fact, mammography may lead many women to consent to unnecessary treatment, sounding the alarm about cancers that would actually go away on their own because some cancers simply disappear—or would have, if they hadn’t been prematurely treated. The standard treatments for cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, are poisonous to the human body. And, as this recent study shows, it may be the treatments causing death, not the cancer itself.
A similar study was presented on December 1, 2009 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) that verified that annual mammography screenings may be responsible for increasing the risk of breast cancer by 150% in women who are predisposed to this disease.
Are these risks necessary to avoid dying of cancer? Not when there is a better way. We are not saying you should never get a mammogram. But what is becoming more and more clear, is that the best defense of breast cancer is not a mammogram, but a healthy plant based diet.