Unreasonably Battered Boobs
Women look forward to their annual mammogram with dread. It is painful, awkward, embarrassing, and we get through it by joking about it. However, now the latest research says that it might even be dangerous. In fact, they are discovering that mammograms can actually CAUSE breast cancer due to the high radiation exposure and the actual severe manipulation of the breast.
According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition:
Premenopausal women undergoing annual screening over a ten-year period are exposed to a total of about 10 rads for each breast. As emphasized some three decades ago, the premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each rad of exposure increasing breast cancer risk by 1 percent, resulting in a cumulative 10 percent increased risk over ten years of premenopausal screening, usually from ages 40 to 50; risks are even greater for “baseline” screening at younger ages, for which there is no evidence of any future relevance. Furthermore, breast cancer risks from mammography are up to fourfold higher for the 1 to 2 percent of women who are silent carriers of the A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia) gene and thus highly sensitive to the carcinogenic effects of radiation; by some estimates this accounts for up to 20 percent of all breast cancers annually in the United States.
And then there’s this:
…the government panel of doctors and scientists concluded that getting screened for breast cancer so early and so often is harmful, causing too many false alarms and unneeded biopsies without substantially improving women’s odds of surviving the disease.
And regarding the dangerous manipulation of breasts during the mammogram they say:
As early as 1928, physicians were warned to handle “cancerous breasts with care – for fear of accidentally disseminating cells” and spreading cancer. Nevertheless, mammography entails tight and often painful compression of the breast, particularly in premenopausal women. This may lead to distant and lethal spread of malignant cells by rupturing small blood vessels in or around small, as yet undetected breast cancers.
Some research shows that breast cancer often disappears of its own accord if the breasts are left alone, which means some pretty aggressive intervention has happened without due cause.
Even more shocking is the study done from 1991-1993 that showed a very serious link between simply wearing a bra and getting breast cancer!
Dressed To Kill described our 1991-93 Bra and Breast Cancer Study, examining the bra wearing habits and attitudes of about 4,700 American women, nearly half of whom had had breast cancer. The study results showed that wearing a bra over 12 hours daily dramatically increases breast cancer incidence. Bra-free women were shown to have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, while those who wear a bra 18-24 hours daily have over 100 times greater incidence of breast cancer than do bra-free women. This link was 3-4 times greater than that between cigarettes and lung cancer!
There’s more information on the bra issue here: Brassiers, Breathing and Breast Cancer including studies and the history of the research.
Oy vey! The incredible discomfort we have subjected our boobs to for no good reason! My advice? rethink your annual mammogram,host a good ol’ 60’s bra burning, and discover the joys and benefits of a soothing breast massage and healing deep breathing exercises to prevent breast cancer.
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