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Is your mammogram a good idea? According to USA Today, you may end up having unnecessary treatment and stress from the test.

Is your mammogram a good idea?   According to USA Today, you may end up having unnecessary treatment and stress from the test. Mammograms are supposed to save lives and sometimes they can.   Unfortunately, more often than not, it is being shown that the test itself cannot differentiate between certain tumors or growths and a normal process of aging. Just the word cancer makes people crazy to begin with, especially if it is suggested that you have the disease.   Some tumors are slow growing and left alone, are not harmful however, when you do a biopsy or break them open, something Read More »

Universal mammograms, risk and the with belief systems.

Universal mammograms, risk and the with belief systems. For many women, mammograms were an expected procedure that was necessary to prevent them from developing cancer. A few years ago, the data began to show otherwise. As more women began to hear that the Mammogram may actually be causing unnecessary suffering, intervention and even tumors, most women felt betrayed, and even more vulnerable, because this modality was oversold in its ability to save lives. The NY Times offers a balanced report on Mammograms, our beliefs and the question of balance Universal Mammograms Show We Don’t Understand Risk Aaron E. Carroll In Read More »

Mammograms; new information revealed by the NY Times has us wondering if these x rays are helpful or harmful or both.

Mammograms; new information revealed by the NY Times has us wondering if these x rays are helpful or harmful or both. For years, women dutifully waited for their yearly mammogram, a broadly accepted ritual. Mammograms were believed to save lives until a few years ago when new studies began to raise doubt, along with the effectiveness of the methods of self exam women had been taught to perform on themselves. Are women really the ticking time bombs for breast cancer our society has made them out to be, or are the tests themselves part of the problem of the breast Read More »