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Screening mammograms: One recommendation may not fit all

April 16, 2018


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May 15, 2018

Women with dense breasts need MRI screening to be given a fair chance at early diagnosis.

Julia Cichon
April 24, 2018

The person who invented mammograms for breast cancer screening was a sadist . The test is very painful and not very good
at detecting cancer accurately!

Augustina Reyes
April 24, 2018

This research may be flawed for the following reasons:
1. U.S. Hispanic women cannot be categorized with all Hispanic women in the world;
2. Hispanic women from Mexico appear to have a more aggressive cancer;
3. The research must properly categorize Hispanic women raised in the U.S., Hispanic women raised in Mexico, other immigrant Hispanic woman by immigrant sending country.
4. One research category does NOT fit all.

R. Zentner
April 24, 2018

Why women with darker skin get breast cancer more frequently and more severely? It may be due to vitamin D deficiency, there is enough evidence out there. Darker skin women would be much better off with screening for vitamin D and not being irradiated unnecessarily.

Mammography may even cause (in some small percentage) breast cancer – irradiation plus worries that surround every screening – so this screening becomes self fulfilling prophecy.

M. McCarthy that is so happy for being diagnosed (timely) at the age of 54, was diagnosed after 14 annual screenings (i.e. annual gamma irradiations). If she had missed these x-rays screenings maybe there would not be anything to diagnose at the first place.

April 23, 2018

A large Canadian study shows that routine mammograms are far less helpful than we thought. Also, autopsies of European women who died for other reasons in old age revealed that they often had conditions that would have been diagnosed as breast cancer in the U.S. Some American women are undergoing radiation and chemo that they may not need. It would be interesting to know if unnecessary treatments have caused deaths or shortened lives.

Has news of this study failed to reach Harvard? See the New York Times article at the link below.

April 23, 2018

Why the non-aggressive sonogram is not included in routine screening?

Julia George
April 23, 2018

Having been recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 77, my guideline is to continue annual mammograms as long as you would do something about a positive finding! As for when to start, I agree with the guidelines being based on risk factors. However, according to much of my reading on risk factors, it appears the two greatest risk factors are age and gender, over which we have no control. And I would not suggest waiting until age 65 to begin…

M. McCarthy
April 23, 2018

I began screening at 40 and was diagnosed at 54 because the images should changes from the previous years and because of the type of tumor biopsied, underwent rt. breast mastectomy. Wonder how bad it could have been if some of these recommendations were prevalent 15 years ago! Women need to choose for ourselves, not because some “group” decides, and my hunch would be the groups are primarily male, with funding from insurance companies.

April 23, 2018

So why in the world would we go to ‘every other year’ based on the information provided by the recent Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program… it COST?

study by Harvard doctors at MassGeneral -> White women’s breast cancers tend to occur in their 60s, with a peak around 65. However, black, Hispanic, and Asian women’s breast cancers tended to occur in their 40s, with a peak around 48. In addition, a significantly higher proportion of black and Hispanic women have advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis, when compared to white and Asian women.

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