Thermograms: Safer, More Accurate than Mammograms

Mammograms today are considered the standard tool to detect breast cancer.  Women are normally encouraged to get mammogram testing every one or two years as they enter later adulthood, as a measure to detect breast cancer as early as possible. But mammogram testing is not harmless.  In fact, mammograms are considered by some in the […]

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Breast Cancer Screening for Women at Average Risk

Abstract Importance  Breast cancer is a leading cause of premature mortality among US women. Early detection has been shown to be associated with reduced breast cancer morbidity and mortality. Objective  To update the American Cancer Society (ACS) 2003 breast cancer screening guideline for women at average risk for breast cancer. Process  The ACS commissioned a […]

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Mammograms May Not Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths, suggests a new analysis of U.S. data. In areas of the U.S. with high levels of screening, more tumors were diagnosed – but breast cancer deaths were no lower than in areas with fewer screenings, the researchers report. Each year, about 230,000 U.S. women are newly […]

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Topol: Time to End Routine Mammography

The medical community prides itself on evidence to drive important decision-making. But when the evidence is contrary to entrenched medical practice, it has a hard time coming to terms. Such is the case for mammography recommendations. All of the data now available point to significant net harm—far more risk than benefit— for routine mammography. If […]

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Screening over 70 ‘is a waste of time’

Screening over-70s for breast cancer ‘is a waste of time’… and could do more harm than good, say researchers Researchers said regular testing of those aged 69 to 74 did not reduce the numbers getting cancer in the life-threatening advanced stages It instead leads to many being diagnosed with small tumors  Academics say that for […]

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Gaea Powell on Safer Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among American women between the age of 40-55, and the high prevalence has spawned a very lucrative industry; from mammography and other dangerous or invasive testing methods, to “preventive” double mastectomies and cancer drugs. Much effort is placed on trying to detect cancer at an earlier stage. […]

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