The Swiss Medical Board is an independent health technology organization which was asked to prepare a review of mammography screening last year. The scientific team reviewed the evidence for more than a year and came to the conclusion that there is something concerning. The evidence didn’t back up global consensus that mammograms are actually saving lives – in fact, mammography appeared to be responsible for 1 death in 10 000 women, while causing harm to many. The extensive research made by The Swiss Medical Board led them to the conclude that mammography is dangerous, which is why they don’t recommend new systematic mammography screenings.
Their 2014 public report revealed the quality of the screenings has been called into question as well, and that women should know about the harms and benefits of the screening before the process. The report caused a stir around the world, and after these results, the screening doesn’t make sense anymore.
The 3 main reasons why The Swiss Medical Board doesn’t recommend mammography screenings anymore
Out-of-date clinical trials
The first mammography trial was performed 5 decades ago and the last one was in 1991. The benefits of the process found in these trials were before the era of modern breast cancer treatment, in which the prognosis was significantly improved from before. According to The Swiss Medical Board, the benefits of the screening in trials from 1963-1991 can’t be accounted for in trials today.
The benefits don’t outweigh the harms
According to the experts, it’s shockingly nonobvious how the benefits of the process don’t outweigh the harms of mammography screenings. According to the team of scientists, one British study which examined 90 000 women for more than 20 years revealed that mammograms are not related to breast cancer mortality. The death rate among the women in the study was identical between the groups which underwent mammograms and those who didn’t, while 22% of the cases were over-diagnosed and led to pointless treatment.
Another review found out that found out that screenings are pointless. “If mammography decreases the breast cancer mortality rate by 15% and overdiagnosis stands as 30%, then 1 in every 2000 women will avoid dying from the disease, and 10 healthy women will be unnecessarily treated. More than 200 women will experience anxiety due to false positives,” it was written in the review.
The perception of mammography benefits don’t match reality
According to The Swiss Medical Board, there’s deep discrepancy between woman’s perception of mammography benefits and the real benefits. One survey revealed that women think mammography reduces the risk of cancer by at least 50%, but in reality, this number is closer to 20%. This led the scientist to question the process: “If the benefits of mammography are overestimated, how can women make a decision?” It’s simple – they can’t. Women are unaware that mammography isn’t backed by solid science. Instead of knowing the truth, they are led to think that skipping mammography is irresponsible and increases their risk of breast cancer. In terms of cancer prevention, many doctors are and manipulated just like millions of women, as the media propaganda and pharmaceutical industry ignores solid research that may cut their profits.
More and more research confirms that women are harmed by mammography screenings, which is why missing your annual mammography is nothing to be concerned of. You should also avoid the 3D tomosynthesis, which further increases the risk of breast cancer. In order to prevent breast cancer, you should focus on prevention itself, not early detection.
Factors such as genetics and dense breasts make mammography screenings even more dangerous
According to results from the review made by The Swiss Medical Board, every breast cancer death prevented in the USA as a result of annual mammography screening also includes 70-100 women that received an unnecessary biopsy, 490-670 women more likely to have a false positive mammogram and3-14 women with overdiagnosed breast cancer.
The clear lack of benefits and the risk of harm was enough for the Board to avoid recommendation of further mammography screenings. For some women, mammograms pose even a greater risk. 50% of women have dense breast tissue which is hard to read on a mammogram. Cancer and dense breast tissue appear white on x-ray scans, so the actual detection of the disease is difficult even for the most experienced radiologists. This is why breast density laws have been passed in countries around the USA, and a federal law is being considered at the moment. This law will oblige radiologists to inform women that the mammography screenings are useless if they have dense breast tissue.
Some radiologists recommend thermography, MRI or ultrasound as a better way of screening for dense breast tissue patients. However, others are keeping this data hidden from women, and the government does nothing about it.
Women with the 1\2 BRCA mutation are at a higher risk of breast cancer as well. According to one study from 2012, women carrying this mutation are more prone to radiation-induced cancer and exposed to radiation before 30 have double the risk of breast cancer compared to those who don’t have the mutated gene. The study also discovered that the cancer caused by the radiation is responsive to doses, so the greater the dose, the higher the risk of cancer. Unfortunately, even with this solid evidence, The National Cancer Institute says that some experts recommend women with this gene get regular screenings every year after 25.
How to lower the risk of breast cancer naturally
Early detection is not the same as cancer prevention. As mammography screenings do more harm than good, they are not your best bet against breast cancer. Most types of cancers can be prevented completely naturally by making the following lifestyle changes:
Sugar is generally detrimental for your health and promotes serious diseases such as cancer, not to mention that it’s highly addictive. Refined fructose is the most dangerous type of sugar and should be eliminated from your diet. This type of sugar can be found in most processed foods and drinks.
Limit your protein intake
According to recent studies, cancer growth accelerates when the mTOR pathways are active. These pathways are activated by proteins, so it’s a good idea to limit your protein intake to 1 gr. per a kilogram of lean mass. For most people, this number varies between 40 and 70 gr. of protein per day.
Maximize the vitamin D levels
Vitamin D is an important nutrient for the body – it can fight cancer and induce apoptosis in cancer cells, so it makes sense to optimize its levels in your body. The vitamin D levels should be between 70 – 100 ng/ml, and it works great along any cancer treatment. If you aren’t able to get the vitamin from the sun, make sure to eat foods rich in it.
Avoid soy products
Most of the soy in the USA is genetically modified. When combined with estrogen, it can increase cell proliferation in the body, raising the risk of mutations and cancer.
Regular exercise reduces the insulin levels in your body and the risk of cancer as well. According to some experts, exercise induces apoptosis in cancer cells, and studies have found that the number of tumors goes down with body fat. Exercise has been found to lower estrogen levels as well, which explains why it’s important against breast cancer.
Boost your insulin and leptin receptor sensitivity
To improve your leptin and insulin receptor sensitivity, you should stay away from sugar and limit your carb intake.
Raise the intake of omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 deficiency is a common factor for cancer, so make sure to stock up on the fatty acids by consuming krill oil and wild fish.
Control your alcohol intake
Avoid drinking too much alcohol or stick to a glass per day.
Avoid synthetic hormone replacement
Most types of breast cancer are fueled by estrogen, and one study showed that the breast cancer rate drops with lower cases of hormone replacement therapy. If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms, try bioidentical hormone replacement therapy which is a better alternative.
Avoid EMF fields
Simple things such as electric blankets can increase the risk of cancer, so stay away from any kind of electromagnetic radiation.
Make sure you’re not iodine deficient
There’s an increasing amount of evidence that iodine deficiency is responsible for some types of cancer. Dr. David Brownstein says that iodine has powerful anticancer properties and has shown to cause cellular death in thyroid and breast cancer cells.
Avoid phthalates, xenoestrogens and BPA
These compounds are dangerous for your health and have been linked to numerous types of cancer.
Avoid charred meat
Charred meat contains acrylamide, a carcinogen which is created when starchy foods are roasted or baked. This compound is associated with increased risk of cancer, so you should avoid charring your meat.
The video below is an interview with Dr. Christiane Northup, an ob-gyn experts who has helped a lot of women take care of their health. Watch the video below to see what she says about breast cancer:
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