Monday, November 1, 2010

How many lives do mammograms actually save?

I am attaching a link below to a very informative post by Dr. Fuhrman on his blog The subject of mammograms is controversial.

Dr. Fuhrman reports a breast cancer mortality study in Norway that concludes that in groups receiving regular mammography screening the reduction in morality was 10%. However, there are potential harms and benefits from regular mammography screening. A review of the medical literature by the Nordic Cochrane Centre concludes that "for every 2000 women that are screened regularly for 10 years, one will have her life prolonged. However, 10 healthy women will be unnecessarily treated for breast cancer, either by having a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy." According to Dr. Fuhrman, the main problem with mammography screening is over-diagnosis and the resultant over-treatment.

Each woman should make an informed decision regarding regular breast cancer screening by mammogram. Regardless of the decision, women should not rely solely on early detection to prevent breast cancer. "Taking steps to prevent breast cancer from developing in the first place -- for example, exercising regularly, maintaining a slim, healthy weight, eating plenty of mushrooms, onions and cruciferous vegetables, minimizing processed foods and animal products, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels, and limiting alcohol consumption -- is a much more effective approach than detecting and treating breast cancer after it has begun to develop."

For the entire blog post follow the link below.

How many lives do mammograms actually save?

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