Mammograms, along with several other diagnostic tests, have become routine these days. Posters and campaigns touting the health benefits of annual mammograms claim that this type of screening catches breast cancer before it can be detected by the naked eye (or hand). Women are being run through the mammogram mill like cattle, especially after age 40. This test has become so commonplace that no one really questions it anymore. It is akin to getting an annual dental cleaning.
The problem is that mammograms are more closely related to dental x-rays, in that they use radiation to produce their imagery. Breast tissue is especially sensitive to radiation, and radiation exposure is cumulative. This means that every mammogram introduces more radiation into the breast tissue, adding to the effects of the previous mammograms. This constant exposure eventually destroys the DNA in the tissue, which causes breast cancer.
Isn't that ironic? The test that detects breast cancer may actually be causing breast cancer. I suppose that it offers a certain amount of job security for breast cancer specialists, but a mammogram conspiracy is too malicious for me to embrace. I prefer to think that this vicious circuit is circumstantially supported. The woman who receives years of annual mammograms feels thankful for her own dedication to the cause, because she eventually contracts the disease. She attributes the early detection to her faithful mammogram scheduling, when all along, this frequent radiation procedure is actually the cancer-causing culprit.
It's true that some women are at a greater risk for contracting breast cancer, based on genetics or heredity. Sadly, these are the women most targeted by mammogram campaigns. If they only knew that signing up for a regular mammogram was actually ensuring that they contract the disease. You see, genetically-weakened breast tissue cannot repair DNA damaged by radiation, so breast cancer is almost a sure thing for these ladies.
Thankfully, there are other imaging methods for detecting breast cancer. Thermal imaging procedures, called thermograms, are non-radiating alternatives to mammograms. MRIs are also effective in detecting breast cancer, and they do not use radiation either. Unfortunately, doctors do not suggest these detection methods. It is up to the patient to insist on these safer alternatives.
Meanwhile, prevention is the best weapon against breast cancer. Women who take at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day will dramatically lower their risk for breast cancer. Taking the supplements quercetin, curcumin, and ellagic acid will also lower your risk tremendously. In fact, a daily dose of these supplements, along with a diet that includes blenderized fresh vegetables (especially leafy greens), is the best way to combat all cancers and infections.
Don't buy into the mammogram hype. Remember, regular diagnostic testing is beneficial to a laboratory's financial health, but not so helpful to women's breast tissue health! Wear the pink ribbon if you like, but don't let campaign scare tactics rope you into damaging your health.