October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with this annual event comes a colossal push for women to receive routine mammogram screenings. Mainstream medical proponents of mammograms claim that the technology can result in “early detection” of breast cancer, thus leading to earlier “treatment” and better results. While it may be shocking to you if you follow mainstream medical news outlets that often disregard vital studies highlighting the danger of radiation-emitting screening technology, there is a growing amount of data showing that mammograms are actually ineffective and dangerous.
Radiologists facilitating the mammogram screening process often rely on specialized “CAD” computer software to target potentially-cancerous areas in patients. A large new study on the software has found that CAD was not able to improve breast cancer detection. Furthermore, the technology increases the chance of “false positive” results, leading many women to wrongfully believe that they are potentially affected with cancer. This is particularly troubling because CAD is used in roughly 3 out of 4 screening mammograms, according to the study.
Mammogram Dangers: Mammograms may Actually be Causing more Breast Cancer
In addition to mammograms being ineffective at finding breast cancer, research has indicated that they may be contributing to the development of breast cancer. One recent study examined the radiation-induced DNA damage in epithelial breast cells that occurs as a result of mammogram screenings. The study found that women with a higher risk of developing breast cancer were at a significantly greater risk to suffer irreparable double-strand DNA breaks as a result of mammogram radiation.
Even more concerning is the fact that this effect was exacerbated with dose repetition. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) screening guidelines, women aged 40-49 should receive a mammogram every 1-2 years, and women aged 50 or older should receive an annual mammogram. This means that those in the high risk category are receiving repeated DNA damage — many each year.
Many health experts are speaking out against the link between mammograms and increased breast cancer risk, with the mainstream medical establishment ignoring legitimate scientific research on the subject. The Cancer Prevention Coalition is one such organization bringing mammogram dangers to light, stating that radiation from routine mammography presents a significant cumulative risk of causing breast cancer.
Dr. Samuel Epstein, a leading medical expert, has been discussing the presence of mammogram dangers for years:
Regular mammography of younger women increases their cancer risks. Analysis of controlled trials over the last decade has shown consistent increases in breast cancer mortality within a few years of commencing screening. This confirms evidence of the high sensitivity of the premenopausal breast, and on cumulative carcinogenic effects of radiation. The Politics Of Cancer by Samuel S Epstein MD, page 539
Safe and Natural Breast Cancer Prevention Methods
Mammograms are not the only option when it comes to identifying and preventing breast cancer. While infrared thermography (thermal imaging) exists as a much safer and more effective alternative, there are many simple things you can do at home for free in order to identify and prevent breast cancer while avoiding mammogram dangers.
In order to identify breast cancer, perform a self-check for the following:
- A new lump or hard knot near your breast or armpit area
- Change in the size, shape or symmetry of your breast
- Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
- Dimpling, puckering or indention in your breast or nipple
- Swelling or thickening of the breast
- Nipple discharge, especially any that is bloody, clear and sticky, dark or occurs without squeezing your nipple
- Changes in your nipple such as tenderness, pain, turning or drawing inward, or pointing in a new direction
In addition to performing a self-check, lifestyle changes are the #1 factor when it comes to your breast cancer risk. There are a number of natural methods to significantly decreasing that risk while simultaneously optimizing overall health:
1. Reduce Fructose Consumption
High-fructose corn syrup is the primary source of calories in the United States. In addition to containing carcinogenic mercury, it also happens to feed cancers and promote the spread and development of cancer cells like no other food ingredient. A study published in the Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets found that fructose leads to cancer through invoking health conditions such as:
- DNA damage
- Altered cellular metabolism
- Increased production of free radicals
Limiting your sugar consumption to 20 grams or less per day is a tremendously simple way to reduce your overall breast cancer risk.
2. Slash Your Risk with Vitamin D
Ensuring that you are taking enough vitamin D will be an essential role in reducing your risk of not only breast cancer, but of all cancer types. Influencing virtually every cell in your body, vitamin D is an essential nutrient that can be freely produced as a result of sunlight. For those who cannot generate optimum amounts of vitamin D through sunlight exposure due to seasonal conditions, supplementing with vitamin D3 is also very effective. When researchers from the State University of New York at Albany injected a potent form of vitamin D into human breast cancer cells, half of them died within days.
Cancer patients should have vitamin D levels between 70 and 100 ng/ml. Those without cancer should ideally shoot for between 50 and 70 ng/ml. The only way to truly know if you have optimum vitamin D levels is to perform a simple blood test.
3. Avoid Exposure to BPA in Plastics
More than 130 studies have linked BPA exposure with breast cancer development. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a estrogen-mimicker, and excess levels of estrogen can offset hormonal balance and therefore lead to cancer and other health conditions. While “BPA-free” labels indicate a step above conventional plastics, oftentimes “BPA-free” products contain other similarly-harmful chemicals. The best solution is to store drinking water in glass or stainless steel bottles, or find plastics that are open about their lack of BPA and phthalates — industrial chemicals that are as destructive to human health as BPA.