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Category: breast cancer survival

  • How to Balance the Risks and Benefits of Mammograms

    Fact boxes can quantify benefits and harms in a clear and accessible format.  When it comes to cancer screening, doctors “have too often ignored” the fact that women may place different weights on various pros and cons, so they have just “focused on persuading rather than educating” and letting people make up their own mind. […]

  • Doctors Tested for Basic Understanding of Mammogram Math

    If doctors don’t understand health statistics, how can they possibly properly counsel patients?  “In these mammography wars, rational thinking can be easily lost.” Mammograms are big business, bringing in about seven billion dollars a year, but it would be a bit too “cynical to believe” that the pushback from mammogram critics “stems only from self-interest […]

  • Breast Cancer Can Grow and Spread for Decades Before “Early” Detection

    “Early” detection is actually really late. Without mammograms, breast cancer may not be caught for an average of 22.8 years. With mammograms, though, breast cancer may only grow and spread for…21.4 years. Critics of breast cancer screening claim that, on a population scale, mammograms have never been shown to actually prolong women’s lives on average. […]

  • Learn More Than 97% of Doctors About Lead-Time Bias

    After reading this, you’ll know more than an estimated 97 percent of doctors about a critical concept called lead-time bias.  While running for president of the United States, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani ran a campaign ad contrasting his 82 percent chance of surviving prostate cancer in the United States with the 44 percent […]

  • Overtreatment of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

    Nine out of ten women don’t realize that some breast cancers would never have caused any problems or even become known in one’s lifetime. This is an issue ductal carcinoma in situ has brought to the forefront. The whole point of cancer screening is to “detect life-threatening disease at an earlier, more curable stage. Effective […]

  • Those Who Claim the Greatest Benefit From Mammograms May Ironically Suffer the Most Harm

    The mammogram paradox is that women who are harmed the most, are the ones who claim the greatest benefit. While false-positive results, pain during the procedure, and radiation exposure may be among the most frequent harms associated with mammogram screening, overdiagnosis “is now recognized as the most serious downside of population breast screening.” Overdiagnosis is […]

  • How Much Cancer Do Mammograms Cause?

    What is the risk-benefit ratio of the cancers picked up by mammograms and the cancers caused by mammograms? Over the last few decades, our radiation exposure has nearly doubled, due almost exclusively to medical sources, such as CT scans. While we’ve known that higher dose radiation from CT scans and angiograms, for example, can cause […]

  • Most Women May Experience at Least One False-Positive Mammogram

    Odds are most women will get at least one false-positive mammogram, but, thankfully, most women who are called back for further testing of a suspicious mammogram finding do not end up having cancer after all.  In response to the Swiss Medical Board’s recommendation against women of any age getting routine mammograms, critics suggested that instead […]

  • How Is It Possible That Mammograms Don’t Actually Save Lives?

    For every life saved by mammography, as many as two to ten women are overdiagnosed and unnecessarily turned into breast cancer patients with all of the attendant harms of chemo, radiation, or surgery, without the benefits. What was the impact of the 2009 shift in recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to […]

  • Why Doctors Should Not Encourage Breast Self-Exams

    Various health organizations offer clashing mammogram recommendations that range from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms altogether. Who can you trust? Clashing mammogram recommendations ranging from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms altogether are offered by various health organizations. It’s hard to know who to trust given […]

  • Why Are Mammogram Guidelines Conflicting? 

    When women are fully informed about the risks and benefits of mammograms, 70 percent may choose not to get screened. You may be in that 30 percent who opts to get a mammogram and absolutely have the right to decide for yourself.  “For nearly a century, public health organizations, professional associations, patient advocacy groups, academics, and clinicians largely viewed cancer screening as a simple, […]

  • 90% of Women Appear Misinformed About Mammograms 

    Most women are just being told what to do, rather than being given the facts needed to make a fully informed decision.   “Selling cancer screening can be easy,” begins an editorial in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. “Induce fear by exaggerating risk. Offer hope by exaggerating the benefit of screening. And don’t mention harms [caused by the screening]. It is especially easy […]

  • Natural Dietary Treatments for Fibroids

    The same diet that helps regulate hormones in women may also reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting pollutants. Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women. They can grow to a foot in diameter and affect the majority of women before they hit menopause. Although fibroids tend to be asymptomatic, when symptoms do occur, they tend […]