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Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Mammography screening for breast cancer has significant drawbacks, and expected survival benefits have not materialized"

More and more research nails are being hammered into the coffin of breast screening and the subsequent treatments.  The following article by Dr Dach is a must read for everyone.

There are links to other articles at the end of this post that will help readers with deciding what to do if they have concerns about breast cancer risk and prevention.


A Closer Look at Screening Mammography
Dr Laura Esserman of the University of California startled the medical community with an article questioning screening mammography published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA ).  Dr Laura Esserman reviewed 20 years of breast cancer data.  Her conclusion is not favorable:
"Mammography screening for breast cancer has significant drawbacks, and expected survival benefits have not materialized. "
"While the incidence of early stage breast cancer has decreased due to mammography, the incidence rates for the killer cancers, (the advanced cancers) have remained stable.  While it is true that overall mortality rates have declined slightly, this is attributed to better treatment rather than increased detection."
Dr Laura Esserman.
Let's take a look at the Data Charts Dr Esserman used for her JAMA Article. ( Below Image Courtesy of Rethinking Screening for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Laura Esserman, MD, JAMA. 2009;302(15):1685-1692.)
Breast Cancer Data Laura Esserman Jama
The above chart shows the critical information in Dr Esserman's JAMA article.  The Pink line is TOTAL breast cancer incidence annually.  Note increase beginning in 1983 with introduction of mammography screening.  Below the pink line, we see three more lines: this is the breakdown of the total incidence into localized, regional and metastatic cases.  The turquoise line is localized cancer. The light purple line is regional cancer and the black line (lowest) is metastatic cancer.  The killer cancers are the regional and metastatic cases.  Note that these numbers have remained stable with little change in spite of detection of massive numbers of localized cases

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