As more and more studies reveal the sad truth about mammograms, many women are left wondering what to do.
We all want better, safer and more conclusive ways to find tiny invasive breast cancers while also avoiding cumulative radiation harms, false scares, overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
The Downside Of Mammograms: What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You lists studies as well as experts speaking out against mammography. A Danish study debunking mammograms in January 2017 concluded:
“Breast cancer screening was not associated with a reduction in the incidence of advanced cancer. It is likely that 1 in every 3 invasive tumors and cases of DCIS diagnosed in women offered screening represent overdiagnosis (incidence increase of 48.3%).”
The day this study went public, physicians and reporters alike said, “We need better technology!” One reporter on CBS Morning News said, “Mammograms are barbaric.”
I couldn’t agree more.
I’m so grateful my journey led me to meeting Dr. Kevin Kelly, a radiologist of 34 years, who said he was passionate about improving ultrasound technology in an effort to find the tiniest cancers often missed by mammography (especially in dense breast tissue).
In 2015, I was stunned and thrilled to learn a better breast imaging technology already exists. It’s called SonoCiné Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS) and it was invented by Dr. Kevin Kelly. Please listen to his Ted Talk:
Not only does SonoCine find the earliest of invasive cancers in extremely dense breast tissue, there is no squishing, no pain, no radiation, no IV, and no contrast dye.
Breast imaging should be a personal choice.
Since personally meeting Dr. Kelly in 2015, I have only done annual SonoCine ultrasound for breast imaging. Prior to this, I was doing annual dedicated breast MRI and thermography. I stopped doing mammograms in 2011. To hear more of my reasons, see My Choice for NO RADIATION & NO MORE MAMMOGRAMS
Here’s what women can do NOW to #be W I S E and be the change needed for better, safer, more conclusive breast imaging…
Ask your primary care doctor or OB/GYN to order a SonoCine ultrasound!
While SonoCiné is officially marketed as a supplement to mammograms and not as a replacement, I believe there is enough evidence to say bye-bye to mammograms forever!
“When her doctor found a suspicious ridge during a manual exam eight years ago, she had a mammogram and an ultrasound on the same day. The mammogram again spotted nothing amiss, but an ultrasound found a tumor the size of a quarter. Her breast cancer had also spread to 13 lymph nodes.”
- Read More: Wall Street Journal – The Latest Mammogram Controversy: Density
- Review: Are You Dense and brochure
- Watch: Happygram the movie featuring Dr. Kelly
What if my doctor insists on a mammogram?
If you have decided you do not want a mammogram (like me), stay strong. You can say, “I have done a lot of research. I have dense breast tissue. Studies show mammograms miss invasive breast cancer in up to 50% of women with dense breast tissue. I don’t want to keep having false alarms or having biopsies for DCIS while potentially missing real invasive breast cancer.”
Never succumb to pressures, intimidation or bullying from anyone. One of the best things you can do for your long-term health is to have a doctor who is supportive of your highly educated views and choices. Remember, you hire and fire doctors! They work for you!!
More Must Watch Films and Videos:
- 3D Investigates: Breast screening – the truth
- The Dark Side of Mammography
- The Promise – about the harms of the routine breast screening program.
*SonoCine Testimonial on Facebook:
Half Truths are Lies in my eyes.
Case in point. Big media coverage today over a CNN interview with Otis Brawley of American Cancer Society regarding mammograms, women under 45 and false positives.
This is only part of the truth, please bear with me.
First issue is the reference to under 45 breasts appearing white and cancer as well appearing white. The suggestion being after 45 less white on white. Reality is many of us have Dense Breast Tissue, always white. The Dense Breast notification issue has been slowly wending its way State by State, legislature by legislature, and insofar as California was concerned, the American College of Radiology lobbied against passage.
Humans, even women deserve to know when there is a potential harm. Once you know, you then have a choice, act or ignore. Action insofar as breast cancer is concerned would be additional screening. Some will, some won’t. Choice.
For me, I had a friend well aware of an alternate screening, arranged it for me, and I took that opportunity. I drove to Los Angeles, over 100 miles one way to have SonoCine, an AWBUS, automated whole breast ultrasound. Dr. Kevin Kelly identified my never seen on mammograms, invasive ductal cancer.BTW, at that time I was 80 stillk white on White. Cancer grows in stages, before my cancer became invasive, it was “in situ.” Mammography never saw this developing cancer, I finally, post surgery was allowed to know my breast density.
I will never again trust mammograms, I drive the 100 + miles for re-screening.
Dr Kevin Kelly will make a presentation in San Diego county to hopefully find an open minded physician, not bound by machine maker lobbyists, research funds, and everything else keeping this simple, less expensive, no radiation, no 45 pounds of pressure, method from being available as an additional screening to all of us living here. Insurance already has the CPT codes for coverage. I’m still being forced to pay out of pocket, and driving 200 miles, why? Dense breast notification should be Federal, it is part of Health. Men, 10% of breast cancers are in men! You are not exempt.
So much more to this. Please just open your eyes, recognize paternalistic half truths. Let us have a chance of identifying breast cancers before they reach terminal stages. Please.
Thanks to Terrie, SonoCine is now available at Tri-City Hospital in San Diego.
Thank you so much for sharing and for your advocacy Terrie!
Blessings of love and light,
#be W I S E
#Women Informed Supported & Empowered