What you always wanted to know about breast screening published by The Nordic Cochrane Centre 201: http://www.cochrane.dk/screening/mammography-leaflet.pdf

I have been to several Breast Cancer Centers over the last two years and I have been wondering why they all seem to be ignoring the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation for mammograms. Their recommendation suggests women between the ages of 40 and 49 should NOT necessarily get regular breast cancer screenings and that 50- to 59-year-old women should have them every two years instead of every year, as the American Cancer Society recommends.

See full Good Morning America story from Nov. 2009 here: “Task Force Responds to Mammogram Controversy”:  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthyLiving/us-preventative-services-task-force-member-timothy-wilt/story?id=9124113#.T2ElAhGvLTo

Ironically, I thought I was doing the right thing when I started having mammograms at age 40. But was I really just putting myself in harm’s way?  After my 4th mammogram at age 44, just after these new guidelines came out, I was in perfect health and had no signs or symptoms of anything wrong. I was called back for a 2nd diagnostic mammogram due to calcifications appearing on a mammogram…. and thus began my journey into the world of breast cancer. I was made into a breast cancer patient and yet I did not actually have breast cancer. Please see “Donna’s Journey” https://dcis411.com/donnas-journey/.

I believe I am one of thousands of women who are referred  to as being “over-diagnosed” and “over-treated” due to mammograms and the current “standard of care” for treatment of DCIS.  Thankfully I had some good sense and excellent guidance to help steer me away from the fear-driven breast cancer industry and extremely harmful and horrific treatments. It is appalling to think healthy women like me with low grade DCIS are being made into cancer patients and are being scared into amputating and radiating their breasts. I know. I was told by several doctors that this was my next step due to positive or close margins following 3 surgeries over two years. I was told my options were 6 weeks of daily radiation or a mastectomy. Had I not spent countless hours being counseled by “alternative” health advocates and researching all the facts around DCIS, breast cancer and mammograms, I may have succumbed to the fear.

We must continue to question everything and investigate before making any decisions about breast cancer screening or treatment.

It’s just a matter of time before women wake up and take charge of their bodies and realize the truth about mammograms….

Mammography Screening: truth, lies and controversy is a new book from Peter C Gøtzsche, Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis, Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre and Chief Physician, Rigshospitalet and the University of Copenhagen, takes an evidence-based, critical look at the scientific disputes and the information provided to women by governments and cancer charities …with remarkable results. http://evenstarsexplode.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/press-release/

Doctors Prove This Test Can Give Healthy People Cancer:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/14/the-medical-industrys-most-atrocious-assault-against-women.aspx?SetFocus=commentfocus#

About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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  1. Joy R says:

    Ridiculous. All you need is a Thermography. They are a HIGHLY EFFECTIVE tool for determining breast cancer and very quick (15 minutes) and no contact, non-invasive.

    If you are high-risk — every 6-months AND for low-risk — once per-year. That’s all you need.

    Most insurance plans do not cover Thermography, which cost anywhere between $300 – $400. You want a real experienced Thermographer or a doctor to analyze the results. Many insurance plans don’t cover Thermography BECAUSE THEY WORK! Mammograms are VERY dangerous and ineffective. Once you have Thermography you’ll never have another mammogram … which you do not need — they are crazy-dangerous and very misleading.



    • dp4peace says:

      Good general advice, but while thermography has value for detecting inflammation in the body, it did not show signs or pick up DCIS in my case — twice!. Two times I had thermograms which did not show DCIS (or indication of it) which appeared as calcifications on mammogram and then removed surgically within 1 month of thermogram. There are a lot of exaggerated claims that thermograpy can detect breast cancer 8 years prior to mammogram, but when it comes to monitoring DCIS, I would go for the Aurora RODEO MRI. Regular MRI also did not pick up DCIS in my case.


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