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Radiation Research | Standard radiation treatment meant to kill a rare form of breast cancer may actually make the cancer worse. Inflammatory breast cancer represents only 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases, usually diagnosed at younger ages than other breast cancers, posing the highest risk to African American women. Duke University researcher Dr. Mark Dewhirst found radiation, intended to kill the cancer, actually stimulates the tumor cells to move.
GreenMedInfo | Radiation Therapy Can Make Cancers 30x More Malignant
The Washington Post | The use of routine mammograms over the past 30 years has done little to lower the death rate from breast cancer but has sharply increased the number of women (over 1 million) who are wrongly diagnosed with the disease and pay in financial, emotional and long term side-effects, such as lymphedema after surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and chemotherapy.
- Source NEJM http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1206809
New York Times | An analysis of data from six European countries suggests that mammography screening has had no effect on breast cancer mortality.
British Medical Journal Entry
A study compared three sets of European country's breast cancer screening methods and their outcomes from collection data. Those included in the study were: Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) compared to the Republic of Ireland; the Netherlands compared to Belgium and Flanders (Belgian region south of the Netherlands), and Sweden compared to Norway. Data was collected from World Health Organization mortality database on cause of death and data sources on mammography screening, cancer treatment, and risk factors for breast cancer mortality.
From 1989 to 2006, deaths from breast cancer decreased by 29% in Northern Ireland and by 26% in the Republic of Ireland; by 25% in the Netherlands and by 20% in Belgium and 25% in Flanders; and by 16% in Sweden and by 24% in Norway. The time trend and year of downward inflexion were similar between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and between the Netherlands and Flanders. In Sweden, mortality rates have steadily decreased since 1972, with no downward inflexion until 2006. Countries of each pair had similar healthcare services and prevalence of risk factors for breast cancer mortality but differing implementation of mammography screening, with a gap of about 10-15 years.
New 3D Mammography Scans Increase Risks For Cancer Dr Mercola says that women can strengthen the immune system by minimizing exposure to ionizing radiation in devices and tests such as mammograms and airport scanners. Think of ways to boost your immune system to eliminate cancer cells on its own, such as daily sunlight, omega3 oils and vitamin D3.
Mammograms Are Close To My Heart
As a breast cancer survivor I've had my own personal experiences with mammograms and over the years formed my own opinions. Women have to weigh the benefits and risks.
Listening to the Diane Rehm Show this morning I knew I could not keep quiet about the mammography screening controversy. The more I read, I hear that women are angry about the new Task Force Guidelines. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2009-11-18/#28909
It is good to air out the arguments on all sides, but I'm not sure we will ever settle on a happy note and make everyone satisfied with the outcome.
Diane makes sure she touched on all aspects of this issue and pointedly asks questions to find answers. You will be able to read the transcript on her site and listen to the podcast. It is a must ‘listen’ to show.
The points of contention that face us today contain these issues:
Is it all about a monolithic system that has been put into place over the years which recommended routine annual mammograms to millions of women beginning at age 40. The new recommendation suggests beginning this type of program at age 50.
My definition of prevention is different than the medical system. They consider diagnostic tools and reading clinical numbers as "prevention" to disease. I do not. It is simply a reading. Prevention is taking steps to "prevent" a disease from manifesting. Prevention is a change in lifestyle to create wellness and a strong healthy mind and body.
My friends have concerns that thermascans are typically not covered under most medical insurance policies. Even with the policy I have, it is not covered because these medical procedures have still not be formally recognized as viable detection methods by standard medical practice. This unfortunate set of circumstances will turn people away. However, I would like to stress the peace of mind, the earlier detection period, the absence of physical trauma, the ease, convenience and rapidity of this exam makes the cost most worthwhile as an out-of-pocket cost.
MAMMOGRAMS AND CANCER:
Mammograms Linked To An Epidemic of Misdiagnosed Cancers | Here is an excerpt from the GreenMedInfo article that throws caution on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer today.
- For most of the twentieth century, mastectomy was the first line treatment for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), and younger patients were more likely to undergo the procedure. Even after lumpectomy and radiotherapy were shown to be at least as effective for invasive cancer as mastectomy, still in 2002, 26% of DCIS patients were still receiving mastectomy.1
- The most common scenario today following diagnosis of DCIS is for the oncologist to recommend lumpectomy, followed by radiation and hormone suppressive therapies such as Arimidex and Tamoxifen. The problem here is that women are not being educated about the nature of DCIS or the concept of "non-progressive" breast cancers. There is still the black and white perception out there that you either have cancer, or do not have cancer.
- In a poll on DCIS awareness published in 2000, 94% of women studied doubted even the possibility of non-progressive breast cancers.2 In other words, these women had no understanding of the nature of DCIS. And why would they? Major authorities frame DCIS as "pre-cancerous," implying its inevitable transformation into cancer. When the standard of care for DCIS is to suggest the same types of treatment used to treat invasive cancer, very few women are provided with the information needed to make an informed decision.
Can Mammography Increase Cancer Risk?
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer ‘is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year. Breast cancer reaches all countries, whether developed or developing in contemporary technology.
Mammograms Are Not A Form Of Cancer Prevention
Mammography actually increases the risk of breast cancer. In 2011, a study published in the British Medical Journal, confirmed that conventional breast cancer screenings may actually cause more harm than good – especially during the early years – because women are subjected to unnecessary interventions like lumpectomies and mastectomies.
In a 2009 Cochrane Database Systematic Review of breast cancer screening and mammography, the authors wrote: “Screening led to 30 percent overdiagnosis and overtreatment, or an absolute risk increase of 0.5 percent. This means that for every 2000 women screened for 10 years, one will have her life prolonged, and 10 healthy women who would not have been diagnosed if they had not been screened, will be treated unnecessarily.” In addition, if you’re a woman considering mammography, read what Dr. Samuel Epstein – one of the world’s leading experts on cancer prevention – said: “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”
Scientific Research Implicates Mammography
Pub Med published a paper in 2006 entitled : Enhanced biological effectiveness of low energy X-rays and implications for the UK breast screening program. This abstract is open to the public to read. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16498030
Heyes GJ, Mill AJ, Charles MW. Source Department of Medical Physics, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK.
Radiobiological studies show evidence that low energy X-rays used in mammography are approximately 4 to 6 times more damaging than higher energy X-Rays to produce mutation.
The authors conclude the risks of radiation-induced breast cancers from mammography X-rays are underestimated by the same factor.
This does not bode well for larger breasted women and those with a family history of breast cancer.
Thermascan Explained By Mercola
Andrea Moritz on Airport Scanners
Shown Right New Mercola Video
TIME WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN
Part of the recommendations are not only to reduce the mammogram but to eliminate the diagnostic instruction for self breast exam each month. Again, I understand that this procedure can cause anxiety. We know stress leads to disease. If every month a woman does an exam and is searching for some malignancy or defect, is it possible that will eventually manifest?
One aspect of reducing the time spent on educating the woman about this important self exam, since a majority of tumors are found in this way, is a time-cost ratio. Are the insurance agencies dictating to the physicians the time spent with their patients? I wonder.
My approach would be to definitely teach women of all ages manual breast lymphatic massage. This technique helps to move the fluid from the breast and does not allow stagnation. If you are familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine you would know that "stagnation" can also contribute to disease.
It is only after a women has a mastectomy or lumpectomy which may result in lymphedema does she learn about this healing technique. I also feel that self care through lymph drainage enables a woman to become very comfortable and familiar with her breasts so that she would notice any changes in any color, sensitivity, shape or hardness right away.
Dr Mercola has just opened a thermagraphy center because of his belief in the benefits of this type of diagnostic tool.
Breast Thermography Detects Cancer Early
Dr Gupta Reports on Lymphnodes
CNN (Health.com) -- Women with early stage breast cancer that has spread to their lymph nodes may require less extensive surgery than previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For years, doctors have tested whether breast cancer has infiltrated a woman's lymph nodes by injecting a dye into the tumor and identifying the nodes where the dye appears. If these so-called sentinel nodes don't contain cancer cells, doctors assume that the lymph nodes farther away from the breast are cancer-free too. If, on the other hand, the sentinel nodes are found to contain cancer after being removed and dissected, a patient typically goes on to have most or all of the lymph nodes in her armpit area removed. That additional surgery appears to be unnecessary in some cases, the study suggests. Women in the study who had only their sentinel nodes removed had the same survival rate and were just as likely to be cancer-free at five years as women who underwent the second round of surgery.
Please think twice about having all lymph nodes removed. You may end up with Lymphedema your entire life. A debilitating disease of discomfort, swelling that may spread through your whole body.
Old Technology Used In A New Way
MailOnline | They call her "Maria"
Micrima, a UK company, designed radio wave technology that discerns changes in material density, typically used for detecting land mines on the earth, may portend a safer, less expensive, and better method for all ages.
Safer than X-rays
Authorities rescinded the recommendation for young women to undergo mammograms because of the difficulty in reading scans of dense breast tissue. With this new technology, the digital geographical maps of the breast will more easily show any changes in tissue density. The sixty antennae within the cup help to detect accumulations of blood and water based on the concept that tumors form a network of blood vessels to feed its growth.
Projection For The Future
Technicians hope this technology will prove a better solution for all concerned. With the lower costs, less need for highly trained radiologists to read the scans, improved detection in all ages and tissue densities, they predict "Maria" to be instituted world-wide in just five years.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT ~
- Check out the Anti-Radiation Bra Below
Listen to the Diane Rehm Show
Is this a Political Issue?
Are Women the Guinea Pigs?
Video: Watch Mammography Procedure
Confusion Abounds: Changing Our Belief System
Women versus Doctors versus Researchers versus Politicians
Dana Ullman has written a new article entitled Doctors Answer Mammogram Concerns
One of his comments to a reader states: Statistics suggest that for every woman between 40 and 50 who is found to have breast cancer, they have to screen almost 20,000 women...and the yearly exposure to radiation increases the number of cancers. Are we creating more cancers than we are preventing? Then, there are those women who are found to have an early stage of breast cancer and who are treated convention ally...but whose bodies may have healed the disease on their own...but now, their bodies are burdened with additional radiation and chemo.
As for prostate screening...you (mellowrant) obviously have not reviewed the literature which has been strongly critical of it in younger ages.
This is my feeling exactly.
The Secret History of Mammography by Devra Davis, Ph.D.n at Huffington Post
We read what we already knew. Four decades ago cancer specialists realized that detection of a tumor occurs up to ten years or more after cancer growth had begun. Before an X-ray can detect that one-cell gone awry. In addition, annual radiation testing could itself carry the risk of cancer. Mammography for younger woman has the difficulty in detecting abnormality due the breast density. And, there is a political agenda attached to mammography, too. Devra points out the problems with standardization and testing of radiation equipment [see my article on radiation effects].
She mentions the increase in biopsies, re-testing when exploring for abnormalities. There is also the statistical risk that for each increased X-ray and biopsy there is increased chance of damage to tissue.
RADIATION OVERDOSES ARTICLE
- REPORT: Americans now get 6-fold more exposure than in 1980
- Radiation Overdoses Point Up Dangers of Misused CT Scans
- Healing Uses of Radiation
- Methods of Radiation Protection
- Kinds of Scans
- Radiation Symptoms
- Homeopathy & Radiation Sickness
What I'm mostly surprised at is the obvious absence of any information about the Thermascan procedure which can detect cellular abnormality years ahead of a mammogram.
A thermascan is completely harmless. It does not crush the breast tissue. It only takes 15 minutes. After holding the hands in ice-water [that isn't fun] a digital photo is taken without touching the breasts at all. The images come up on the screen in living color like a topographical map detecting the areas of heat. The photos are analysed by a trained physician.
Also absent is the recommendations to take Vitamin D and sunshine and exercise. All three of these items have been shown to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.
Homeopathy is a holistic approach to healing. When a person chooses to take the advice of a homeopath, they will learn about improving their nutrition, using herbs, and having an in-depth interview to learn about their genetic predispositions, historical background, physical symptoms and emotional stability and outlook and whatever else is of concern to the individual.
An energetic matching remedy is selected to help the person's general constitution. This may be of significant support in general well-being in mind and spirit. Since everything from above comes below. If the spirit is lifted then so the body will also be vibrating in alignment and attunement disabling the ability of disorder and overgrowth of cells in the body.
Women Question The New Guidelines
- Bras: Breast Thermography, Breast Health and Cancer Prevention
Breast Research Awareness Support | List of Thermography Providers and more information. http://breastresearchawareness.com/
- Mammogram Debate Took Group by Surprise | New Guidelines Become Political
November 20, 2009 Republicans and some groups, like the American College of Radiology, said the guidelines were made in response to the Obama administrations wish to save health care dollars. nytimes.com/2009/11/20/health/20prevent.html
- Wall Street Journal: In Cancer Testing, Less Is Now Better
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised recommendations for Pap tests to later age for women. http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB125875596169058039
Time Online: Mammogram Guidelines: What You Need to Know
The debate to new guidelines goes online with complete magazine chock full of articles. Every major cancer organization and physicians' group including the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation & Many More...
The New Anti-Radiation Bra | Created by a surgeon who was beginning to see radiation effects!
Just like the dentist who gives X-rays day-in-and-day-out is in the vicinity of radiation exposure, even though behind a shielded wall. Radiation rays are emitted.
They are using this bra to shield the family from exposure when a woman is treated. No wonder the result of all my breast cancer radiation treatments were benign [thanks to G-d] tumors of my thyroid. So many woman now have abnormalities of their THYROID. Even when you go to the dentist you must specifically ask for a lead apron with a NECK SHIELD if you get bi-annual X-rays to check for cavitation.
The Cancer Bra keeps the radiation bouncing around within the woman's body and, I imagine, if they are not under-going treatment the purpose is to shield from outside sources of radiation coming into the breast tissue.
We Are The Guinea Pigs
And with this knowledge, what are the recommendations for annual mammograms? Where do we take it from here? Do we have answers? Who is right and who is wrong? It seems with all medicine and treatments the general population become the guinea pigs. Just one huge experiment and we find out the results many decades down the line.
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Mammography, mammograms, and CT Scans help check for the growth of cancer tumors, but may also have repercussions and side effects. Learn your options, like thermography and preventative health care measures. Cancer concerns are a hot topic in current events and news articles.
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