Why I Won’t Be Mammogram’n
I’m not a doctor. But I have great common sense. I’ve always been told that since I was a child. I tend to clearly see what others miss; it has been one of my secrets to success in business. That leads me to the topic of mammograms. I just turned 40 and my doc recommended I get a routine mammogram. When the front desk asked me where I’d like to schedule it, I simply said, “I don’t, but thank you. I’m not getting a mammogram” Her jaw hit the floor. Was I going against my doctor’s orders? Blasphemy! Was I being careless? What an outrage!
As with everything you do in life, there are pros and cons, risks and rewards. Our medical community seems to forget that. They are so ready to prescribe drugs and so ready to prescribe procedures. I personally have no history of breast cancer in my family. None. So what’s the cost if I radiate my perfectly fine boobs? Check out cons from the National Cancer Institute below: False-positive results. False-positive results occur when radiologists decide mammograms are abnormal but no cancer is actually present.
Over diagnosis and overtreatment. Screening mammograms can find cancers and cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, a noninvasive tumor in which abnormal cells that may become cancerous build up in the lining of breast ducts) that need to be treated. However, they can also find cancers and cases of DCIS that will never cause symptoms or threaten a woman’s life, leading to “over diagnosis” of breast cancer. Treatment of these latter cancers and cases of DCIS is not needed and leads to “overtreatment.” Overtreatment exposes women unnecessarily to the adverse effects associated with cancer therapy.
False-negative results: False-negative results occur when mammograms appear normal even though breast cancer is present. Overall, screening mammograms miss about 20 percent of breast cancers that are present at the time of screening.
Radiation exposure: Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low, but repeated x-rays have the potential to cause cancer.
Let me repeat — Repeated x-rays have the potential to cause cancer!
It seems like everyone in America is sick. Since we are all getting our advice from our doctors, and we are all sick, something isn’t adding up. The very people that give us medical advice have helped create a society where the 3rd leading cause of death is from medical errors.
The American CancerSociety is delaying the recommended age when a woman should start receiving annual mammograms to 45. So why 40! Why 40 for me!? Did my doctor even read this? I find out that many doctors don’t keep up with current information.
So let me get this straight… you want to radiate my boobs every year starting at 40? Perfectly fine boobs, may I add. um….Fuck that. My advice for women is simply this:
ladies stop walking to support women with cancer, stop giving them money, stop excepting this bullshit and start demanding we figure out what’s causing cancer. What’s killing our mothers, our sisters, our friends, and our family? The doctors certainly aren’t able to figure it out. Let’s stop getting cancer. Maybe let’s not radiate our boobs every year as a start (unless the benefits outweigh the risks for you)! Let’s be open to other ways of treatment. This site has some pretty good insights.
Maybe we should all start eating mushrooms. Frequent consumption of mushrooms (approximately one button mushroom per day) has been linked to a 64 percent decrease in the risk of breast cancer. 64%…why aren’t we talking about that? Maybe we should stop putting our cell phones inside our bra, maybe we should start examining our breast every day and paying close attention to our bodies, maybe we should learn how to heal ourselves, meditate, not try to do it all and be all, take time for ourselves, drink clean water, remove toxins from our bodies before they set-in and cause damage. Maybe we should demand more from our doctors, and our politicians.
Instead of wearing these stupid pink ribbons. Let’s take action that really matters. It’s up to us women — let’s take our beautiful, lovely, vivacious, feeding glands back! My first step is to not mammogram at 40!
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