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Still Getting Mammograms? Check Out This Surprising NEW Data

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  • CAD computer software, commonly used to locate suspicious areas in mammograms, increase your risk of getting a "false positive" result, and has failed to improve the detection rate for invasive breast cancers. The benefit of its use is now in question.
  • Routine mammography has been conclusively shown to be useless in most women under the age of 50.
  • Based on the lack of scientific evidence supporting mammography as a safe and effective breast cancer detection tool, as of November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federal advisory board, changed their recommendation from annual to bi-annual mammography screenings, starting at age 50.
  • A noteworthy report in the British Medical Journal, comparing breast mortality rates in different countries before and after the introduction of routine mammography screening, shows that the screening "did not play a direct part in the reductions in breast cancer mortality."

By Dr. Mercola

Radiologists often rely on specialized "CAD" computer software to find suspicious areas in mammograms.

But a large new study showed that the technology has failed to improve breast cancer detection. In fact, it increases a woman's risk of getting a "false positive" result and being told she had an abnormal mammogram when she's actually cancer-free.


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