According to the law of many countries and the medical measures, every woman has to get annual mammograms, a breast cancer screening procedure. Some studies and surgeons claim that this procedure isn’t an effective screening tool. Additionally there are researches that show that it is actually harmful to the bodies of the women who receive it.
The thesis that mammograms are the only way to catch breast cancer early are not right, which is confirmed by a review of eight scientific trials, which evaluated the procedure, found that mammography is neither safe nor effective. In this study was looked a data on more than 600,000 women between the ages of 39 and 74 who underwent this procedure. Researchers found that many women are misdiagnosed. Many of these women were diagnosed with cancer and consequently mistreated with chemotherapy, which ended in their rapid demise.
The review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concluded that mammography causes more harm than good. This conclusion is based on the fact that many women were misdiagnosed and mistreated. The statement of the experts in this procedure (mammography) is an outdated scourge that belongs in the history books of failed medical treatments. This procedure according to their meaning isn’t at the forefront of women’s medicine.
The authors of this study concluded that screening helps to reduce breast cancer mortality by 15%, but on the other side misdiagnoses and mistreatments are 30%, it means that fewer women will avoid dying of breast cancer than those who are not treated properly.
A group of the top medical experts admits mammography does more harm than good
A similar conclusion was made one year after this review was published and published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). A team of medical professionals, which included a clinical epidemiologist, a medical ethicist, an oncologic surgeon, a pharmacologist, a nurse scientist, a health economist and a lawyer decided that the medical industry’s claims about the benefits of mammography are essentially nonsense.
They found that only one breast cancer death would be prevented of 1,000 women screened. The shocking thing is that 490 to 670 women would have a false positive, while 70 to 100 would undergo an unnecessary biopsy.
Additionally, between three and 14 of these women would also be over-diagnosed for a non-malignant form of cancer that never even would have become “clinically apparent.”
Three other studies in Switzerland, Norway, and Canada in 2014 concluded also that mammography screenings do not reduce mortality rates from breast cancer any better than a simple physical examination. That means that this procedure is completely unnecessary, and many times exceptionally harmful.
When the mammography clearly doesn’t work, it raises the question why the women continue to use it.
The general practitioner Dr. Sarah Mybill said that the woman who has a tumor, the last thing she would want to do is to crush it between two plates because that would spread it.
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