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Mammograms Cause NOT Needed Radiation and Surgery in 1.3 Million Women in the US

Here's the IMPORTANT messages from this New England Journal Article (November 22, 2012).

  • "We estimate that breast cancer was overdiagnosed (i.e., tumors were detected on screening that would never have let to clinical symptoms) in 1.3 million U.S. women in the past 30 years.
  • "Our analysis suggests that whatever the mortality benefit, breast-cancer screening [mammograms] involved a substantial harm of excess detection of additional early-stage cancers.  This imbalance indicates a considerable amount of overdiagnosis"
  • "there was a larger relative reduction in mortality among women who were not exposed to screening mammography than among those who were exposed."
  • "...decreasing mortality--must largely be the result of improved treatment, not screening.
  • "Our finding of substantial overdiagnosis of breast cancer... replicates the finding of investigators in other countries."
  • "Overdiagnosis can never be observed and thus can only be inferred from that which is observed--reported incidence."
  • "...although no one can say with certainty which women have cancers that are overdiagnosed, there is certainty about what happens to them:  they undergo surger, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy for 5 years or more, chemotherapy, or (usually) a combination of these treatment for abnormalities that otherwise would not have caused illness.  Proponents of screening should provide women with data...
  • "Women should recognize that our study does not answer the qustion 'Should I be screened for breast cancer?'  However, they can rest assured that the question has more than one right answer."
  • This last statement is HUGE.  Author finally admitting that mammograms may be harmful and not needed for some women.
Direct download: Mammograms_Result_in_Not_Needed_Treatment_of_1.3_Million_Women.mp3
Category:Women's Health -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

How to Have a Healthy Holiday

Hello,

Here's a strategy to enjoy a wonderful holiday while still avoiding weight gain, depression, and other holiday traps.

Includes some piano riffs (by me) just for fun.

Peace & health,

Charles Runels, MD

P.S.  Be Blessed this holiday with Blessed Cream(R)

Direct download: How_to_Have_a_Healthy_Holiday.mp3
Category:Holiday Health -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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