Mammogram Scams

Ladies, Mammograms Are A Scam

I am going to show you a study which will blow your mind. A study that shows, in plain English, that our coveted mammograms just don’t work. I am going to contend that mammograms are a big, for-profit, machine that do nothing to help women evade the dark clutches of cancer.

Mammograms are almost the medical world’s most no-brainer ritual. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer and are found to have never received a mammogram, you are almost surely to be considered a woman who got what she had coming to her. It’s the sad fear-based marketing that puts breast in the machine, money in the machine maker’s pockets – with women being left out in the cold with an ineffective expenditure and false sense of security.

First, let’s begin with a study which occurred over 1 year ago. This is based on a 25-year-old follow up on breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screen Study.

Women aged 40-49 in the mammography arm and all women aged 50-59 in both arms received annual physical breast examinations. Women aged 40-49 in the control arm received a single examination followed by usual care in the community.

So what were the results and the conclusion?

Results During the five year screening period, 666 invasive breast cancers were diagnosed in the mammography arm (n=44?925 participants) and 524 in the controls (n=44?910), and of these, 180 women in the mammography arm and 171 women in the control arm died of breast cancer during the 25 year follow-up period. The overall hazard ratio for death from breast cancer diagnosed during the screening period associated with mammography was 1.05 (95% confidence interval 0.85 to 1.30). The findings for women aged 40-49 and 50-59 were almost identical. During the entire study period, 3250 women in the mammography arm and 3133 in the control arm had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and 500 and 505, respectively, died of breast cancer. Thus the cumulative mortality from breast cancer was similar between women in the mammography arm and in the control arm (hazard ratio 0.99, 95% confidence interval 0.88 to 1.12). After 15 years of follow-up a residual excess of 106 cancers was observed in the mammography arm, attributable to over-diagnosis.

Conclusion Annual mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available. Overall, 22% (106/484) of screen detected invasive breast cancers were over-diagnosed, representing one over-diagnosed breast cancer for every 424 women who received mammography screening in the trial. (source)

So after 25 years, the results of women who got mammograms and those who didn’t were almost exactly the same in terms of those who died from breast cancer. That’s as clear of a study as there ever could be. But then why, if this study has been out for over a year, would anyone remain a believer in the mammogram?

Breast cancer awareness month. This movement is huge. They even provide hosting for women in need to get mammograms. Any time we see charitable organizations dishing out “medical advancements,” we are subconsciously subjugated into believing that if we also don’t do the same, we are pompous and unfazed of our blessed lives. Breast cancer awareness month now has the support of the NFL. Which means they now influence men to persuade women into getting mammograms. The NFL is one of the largest TV contracts in the history of the world. Its influence is immeasurable. They change the player’s uniforms and cleats. They do promo spots. In addition to the NFL, all major television talk shows are involved in the campaign. It is a month of inescapable marketing.

What’s worse? The NFL campaign doesn’t fund breast cancer cures, it funds breast cancer marketing!

This is how it works: The NFL donates proceeds from its awareness campaign, auctions, and the NFL Shop to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which in turns uses that money to increase awareness, education, and screenings for women over 40.

“The money that we receive from NFL has nothing to do with our research program,” ACS spokeswoman Tara Peters told VICE Sports. All NFL donations go to ACS’ CHANGE program, through which the organization awards grants to “community based health facilities” located within 100 miles of an NFL city for educating women about breast health. The ACS could not provide the names of any of these health facilities, but it says that these centers have answered questions about early detection of the disease for at least 72,000 women in the last three years and screened 10,000 women at little or no cost. (you should do yourself a favor and read more from Vice here)

The study you just read above threatens the mammogram revenue machine. Just think about it for a moment, the volume of women getting mammograms; the absurd amount of profits from those visits. That’s not something that the mammogram industry intends to lose. But hopefully women can begin to share this information with other women and counter the mammogram marketing beast which for now, presides over us all.

Breast thermography is a radiation free way to look for issues inside of the breast region. Of course, we hear little about it. In fairness, it isn’t available everywhere (but that’s probably part of the overall protection of mammogram profiteering).

I would encourage everyone to read, Alkalizing Nutritional Therapy in the Prevention and Treatment of Any Cancerous Condition, which is available on Amazon. It is a good read that could change your life.
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Mastectomies Are Dangerous

Angelina Jolie did it. In fact, she’s the face of it in some ways having done it only due to her carrying what modern medicine considers a “genetic disposition” to it. The mastectomy, a procedure used to remove the breast after an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis, or in the more controversial “preventative” action, is ever-popular. And the amount of mastectomies are rising, according to a study from last year.

In the past decade, there have been marked trends toward higher proportions of BCS-eligible patients undergoing mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and bilateral mastectomy. The greatest increases are seen in women with node-negative and in situ disease. Mastectomy rates do not yet exceed current American Cancer Society/American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation benchmarks.

I noted that final sentence because, well, it needs to be noted. Many women subjected to mastectomies either did so due to carrying the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes which are touted as massive precursors to breast cancer, or due to misdiagnosis (like this woman). The credibility of preventive mastectomy has been called into question, as you can imagine. The American Cancer Society paints the picture of the disfiguring surgery in almost a heroic way (see justifications above in high benchmarks). Believe me, I respect and empathize with any woman who has had to go through it, but I do think we need to question how needed it actually is.

The main reason to question it is because mastectomies are simply dangerous. In fact, they are the most dangerous breast cancer treatments available. When you combine mastectomies with breast reconstruction, you risk serious financial gloom and health complications surpassing all other treatments. A recent study examined the burdens of mastectomies. The study used 100,000 women with early-stage breast cancer. The researchers analyzed 10 years of medical claims within two divided groups: Over / Under 65 years of age. The under 65 group of women who had a mastectomy followed by reconstruction ended up having complications. In the latter half (over 65), the number was 70%.

And the cost are no joke either. You can see a graph here directly from the study itself.

image credit: http://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=2644818-SABCS-v2

image credit: http://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=2644818-SABCS-v2

For those who do end up with complications, the complication ends up tallying an average cost of $10,000. That’s in addition to the treatment’s initial cost of $1,400 to $3,600.

With mastectomy rates increasing, there is really no indication that the financial and health related complications will do anything but scale in growth. It is important that women understand that they do have options and should seriously research and consider everything. When a Doctor recommends a mastectomy, do your research, particularly if you don’t have breast cancer in the first place. These procedures are very serious surgeries which aren’t without serious risk, as the study shows.
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