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Can You Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk by Skipping Mammograms?

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  • “New and improved” 3D tomosynthesis mammograms still require mechanical compression and expose you to even more radiation than conventional 2D mammograms
  • The excited push to use 3D tomosynthesis is little more than a last-ditch attempt to avoid having to admit mammograms are useless and don’t result in reduced mortality rates
  • Recommendations to use 3D tomosynthesis results in at least twice as much radiation as a standard mammogram. Not only are multiple x-rays taken in an arc around the breast to create the 3D image, women are also advised to still undergo traditional 2D mammography in conjunction with tomosynthesis
  • Tomosynthesis mammograms received FDA approval in 2011. There’s no data to prove the technology finds more cancers, saves lives, and won’t result in a greatly increased risk of breast cancer in the future
  • Preventing breast cancer is far more important and powerful than simply trying to detect it after it has already formed. My top tips on how to help prevent breast cancer are included

By Dr. Mercola

In the US, women are still urged to get an annual mammogram starting at the age of 40, despite the fact that updated guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009 urge women to wait until the age of 50, and to only get bi-annual screening thereafter.


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