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Doctors Prove Mammography Screening Can Give Healthy People Cancer

Doctors Prove Mammography Screening Can Give Healthy People Cancer

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  • The FDA secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of agency whistleblowers for two years. All of the monitored employees worked in the office responsible for reviewing medical devices, including those for cancer screenings and were expressing concerns over several devices, stating they feared patients’ lives are placed at risk. Some of the monitored employees were harassed and/or terminated
  • Researchers at the University of Southampton set out to assess the Cochrane claim that mammographic breast cancer screening could be doing more harm than good. By combining life years gained from screening with losses of quality of life from false positive diagnoses and surgery, these authors concluded that mammograms may indeed have “caused net harm for up to 10 years after the start of screening”
  • If 2,000 women are screened regularly for 10 years, one will benefit from screening, as she will avoid dying from breast cancer because the screening detected the cancer earlier. Meanwhile, 10 healthy women will be misdiagnosed and treated unnecessarily with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and/or full or partial mastectomies
  • The Nordic Cochrane Center has issued a leaflet explaining the potential benefits and potential harms of mammography. They state that, based on the available research, it no longer seems reasonable for women to attend breast cancer screening

By Dr. Mercola

The Nordic Cochrane Center has put out a leaflet that every woman should read, explaining the potential benefits and potential harms of mammographyi.


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