mammograms

  1. Docs giving unnecessary mammograms

    What seniors need to know about mammograms

    Ladies, it's only natural to worry about your breast cancer risk -- especially if you've already gone a round or two against this disease.

    Sure, you may have won that fight. But there's always a chance the disease is training for a rematch.

    As a result, most breast cancer survivors never question mammograms.

    But now's the time to start asking questions, as new research reveals how tens of thousands of breast cancer survivors are being exposed to unnecessary risk by being pushed into screenings they shouldn't get and don't need.

    That's not just based on my opinion -- that's going by mainstream scientists, who say that mammograms past the age of 70 often don't make sense for most women.

    Even if you've had cancer, the tumors grow so slowly that you'll almost certainly outlive them.

    Yet the new study finds many women are getting screened just the same.

    Two-thirds of older breast cancer survivors who reach the point where they have a life expectancy of less than 10 years are still getting mammograms.

    Even worse, nearly 60 percent of older women expected to live less than five years are still routinely getting screened.

    I won't say no one ever needs a mammogram at those ages. There are cases where it certainly might be necessary to have one.

    But it shouldn't be anything close to those numbers, which show that mammograms are still far too routine for too many doctors and patients alike -- especially when you consider the very real downsides to the screening.

    First, there's the notorious risk of a false positive, which can lead to painful biopsies and the risk of infection... not to mention the stress of thinking you have cancer, even when it turns out you don't.

    Secondly, if a tumor is discovered, it often doesn't need treatment. As I mentioned, there's little chance it'll pose much of a threat if you're past the age of 70.

    But if you know it's there, you might become so unsettled that you'll put yourself through surgery and chemo even if you don't need them!

    Those are tough treatments to withstand at any age, as you might know firsthand. When you're older, they're even tougher -- and they can sap you of your quality of life in your golden years.

    And third: In most cases, a tumor that might truly need treatment -- even if you're older -- can be detected with other methods, including an ordinary physical examination during your checkup.

    Bottom line here is that mammograms shouldn't be routine at that age for anyone. Talk to a doctor and consider all your options first, and only have the screening if it's truly necessary.

  2. Breast cancer screening effective?

    Mammograms not so effective after all?

    Listen to the advice dished out on TV every day, and you might think mammograms are the best and only form of breast cancer screening. But they're not the only way, of course, and they're certainly far from perfect when it comes to screening for this deadly cancer.

    Now, new research shows just how far from perfect they really are: They're often no better than regular breast exams.

    In the study, some 90,000 Canadian women were either given regular mammograms or told to avoid the breast cancer screening completely and get regular breast exams from a trained nurse instead.

    Over 25 years, both groups had the exact same rate of death from breast cancer.

    So far, that's a tie -- but if you're thinking "better safe than sorry" and planning to schedule a mammogram anyway, think again.

    While both groups had the same death rate, the treatment rates were vastly different, with women given mammograms far more likely to get treated for breast cancer.

    Since the extra treatments and breast cancer screenings didn't add up to extra lives saved, that means they were for nothing -- and these weren't just instances, either. The numbers add up to more than 1 in 5 cancer treatments being entirely unnecessary.

    And if you include treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (which usually results in a mastectomy), that number jumps to one in three.

    There are other ways to have a breast cancer screening that allow doctors to get a clearer view of the breast and make more informed decisions about which tumors should be treated and which are best left alone.

    I recommend ultrasound, MRIs or thermography.

    The method that works best for you may depend on your risk factors for the disease such as family history, the density of your breast and more.

    And of you have cancer, remember you have options -- including time-tested cures that can be found hidden in the pages of the Bible (if you know where to look).

    It's true -- and you can learn more right here.

  3. The one cancer screening that works

    Over screening for cancer is nothing short of a national disaster. But there's one screening that's different -- a screening that can detect a deadly cancer and remove it at the same time.
  4. The tests seniors should skip

    Even as the mainstream moves away from routine cancer screenings for men and women alike, there's one group of Americans that are still getting screened regularly for cancers that almost certainly won't hurt them. And that's the elderly.
  5. What your Ob-Gyn doesn't want you to know

    You might think medical guidelines are based on years of clinical evidence and gold-standard research. After all, doctors use them every single day to make life-or-death decisions. In reality, they're based on the whims and fancies of the medical elite... and that's especially true when it comes to women's health.
  6. Low marks for high-tech mammograms

    A new spin on mammograms has managed to take a badly flawed technology... and make it even worse. The technology is called computer-aided detection, or CAD, and it's supposed to help radiologists find potential cancers in breast tissue -- which would be great if it actually worked.
  7. New guidelines push more mammograms

    Just when I thought we were getting somewhere with cancer screenings, yet another organization has cooked up its own set of guidelines. And it's a huge step backwards.
  8. Literacy can save your life

    It's about how they understand -- or fail to understand -- information about their own health, and researchers say those who suffer from "health illiteracy" are more likely suffer from actual health problems and are even at risk for an early death.
  9. Seniors exploited in latest mammogram scam

    The mainstream is finally starting to question the wisdom of giving mammograms to even young, healthy women.

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