Breast cancer, the leading gynecological cancer, has been on the rise for the past fifty years. Today, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; a stark difference between the one in twenty statistic of 1960.
For years women have been told to get regular mammograms to screen for the disease in hopes to catch it early. However, it is now being acknowledged that the one thing women have been doing to prevent breast cancer could be, in fact, causing it.
The high dose of ionizing radiation can have toxic effects, contributing to mutations that cause breast cancer. In fact, the amount of radiation in a mammogram is 1,000 times that of a chest x-ray. Not to mention, if cancer is present in the breast, it can be spread throughout the tissue by the pressure the breast is exposed to during a routine mammogram.
Furthering the blow, mammograms aren’t even saving women’s lives. A 2010 study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that cancer deaths have only been reduced by 0.4 per 1,000 women. This statistic is miniscule at best. There is also a 6% chance for a false positive when you are diagnosed with a mammogram, often leading to unnecessary treatments, procedures, and hardship.
If mammograms are bad, then what should you be doing for breast cancer screening? Thermography is a great alternative to the mammogram. This thermal imaging test can detect the heat that is produced from rapidly multiplying cancer cells. (Click here to find a thermography clinic in your area.)
Carmen Calvo, PES