The Benefits Of Mammography?

 

Below is an official chart found on the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s web site reporting statistics from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.  If you look, and run the numbers, out of 10,000 people screened with a mammogram, at age 60 +, you’ll see that only 21 people avoided breast cancer death.  Of course, that’s a bit presumptive that would have been the cause of someone’s death, but it could be the case.  That’s 2 people out of every 1000.  That’s 2 10ths of a percent who benefited.  Out of them, how many were having a mammogram because breast cancer was a factor in the family medical history?  How many had a lump, and went in to verify it?  Of those who were verified, how many actually had cancer that was malignant?  Could that number 21 actually be lower?  Mammograms are notorious for false positives.

Cancer is big business, and the hype for mammograms is very big – especially on the corporate media which derives a massive amount of income from the pharmaceutical industry.  How many times does someone get hit with the radiation, even though it’s considered very low from a mammogram, and they end up getting cancer from that radiation?  That is an unknown imponderable.  Be judicious in your exposure to radiation as it can be cumulative.  Don’t forget about dental x-rays, and those people leave the room, and they put you under a lead vest when they do it.

 Mammography benefits by age group

Age group

 Risk of dying from breast cancer compared to women who did not get mammograms

Number of breast cancer deaths avoided per 10,000 women screened for 10 years

39-49

Women who got mammograms on a regular basis had the same risk of dying from breast cancer

3

50-59

 Women who got mammograms on a regular basis had a 14 percent lower risk of dying from breast cancer

8

60-69

 Women who got mammograms on a regular basis had a 33 percent lower risk of dying from breast cancer

21

Adapted from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2016 [17].

Pen

Pensamiento Peligroso writes the truth as he sees it, and if it upsets you, then it makes you think!

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