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In Mammogram Debate, Politics Trounces Science

Politics in Mammogram

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  • Excerpts from a new book on mammography delves into the questionable practices supporting conventional breast cancer screening and reveals the politics behind the promotion of mammography
  • A 2011 meta-analysis revealed that mammography led to 30 percent overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which equates to an absolute risk increase of 0.5 percent. A 2010 study found a mere 2.4 deaths per 100,000 person-years were spared as a result of the screening
  • A recent article in the British Medical Journal exposes how Susan G. Komen for the Cure is using misleading statistics to persuade women to undergo mammography. Contrary to Komen’s overblown claims, the data shows mammography will only reduce a woman in her 50’s chances of dying from breast cancer sometime over the next decade by 0.07 percent
  • Cancer screening should NOT to be misconstrued as a form of cancer prevention. My top prevention strategies for breast cancer are listed

By Dr. Mercola

The featured three-part article in Bloomberg News1, 2, delves into the questionable practices supporting conventional breast cancer screening and takes a swipe at the politics connected with mammography, exposing much of what the mainstream media has avoided thus far. The articles are excerpts from Handel Reynolds' new book, The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram. Reynolds is a breast radiologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

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