Bye-Bye Mammograms: Hello SonoCiné Ultrasound

fail“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

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.”

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!!

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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,

Donna

#be W I S E

#Women Informed Supported & Empowered

 

About dp4peace

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Glenn & I live in San Diego with our two boys: Skyler, the Yogi and Cody, the Buddha! I enjoy running, yoga and working on projects that bring more peace, health and light to our world.
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7 Responses to Bye-Bye Mammograms: Hello SonoCiné Ultrasound

  1. Tara Felicio says:

    What are your thoughts on this versus the aurora rodeo MRI?

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    • dp4peace says:

      I did the Aurora Rodeo MRI for 4 years in a row. I was concerned about the contrast dye and really wanted to find something else that I could feel would be just as good at finding a small INVASIVE cancer. Dr. Kelly is amazing — and he is very confident that his technology and his reading of it will find the tiniest cancers (as small as 4mm). I still believe the RODEO MRI or dedicated breast MRI is excellent at finding INVASIVE cancer, but again, there is the unknown risk and question of contrast dye being left in the brain. The SonoCine is also a lot cheaper and easier. MRIs are hard to endure the physical test. I’m thankful I had clear MRIs for 4 years, but I think I will stick with SonoCine going forward. Good question. Thank you! 🙂 Donna

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  2. Desiree says:

    Hey Donna,

    Any thoughts on how to get it covered by insurance…

    Probably need a clinical trial to provide evidence, but now that we are becoming seasoned advocates maybe we should collaborate with Dr. Kelley to fund and execute one.

    Take care,

    Desiree

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    • dp4peace says:

      Yes Desiree!! Dr. Kelly needs our help as well as help from other physicians! There are insurance codes and they can provide a bill for you to submit to insurance. Every insurance company is different so need to inquire. Here is some info on the website under FAQ regarding price and insurance: http://www.sonocine.com/faq/

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  4. Judy says:

    Got Dr to order, but clinic said insurance would not cover and my cost is $1000. Too expensive, will do thermograms which I can afford and MRIs which insurance will pay for.

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    • dp4peace says:

      $1,000 doesn’t sound right. It’s $250 in Pasedena, CA and if you want a private consultation with Dr. Kelly it is $100 extra. No clinic should be charging that amount of $$. If you do MRI, be sure to ask if it is a “dedicated breast MRI” meaning the machine is only used for breast imaging and not other body parts. Read why here:https://dcisredefined.org/choices/imaging-and-monitoring/rodeo-mri/
      Also, be aware that the contrast dye used for MRI can potentially stay in the brain….so doing this annually may be problematic long-term. I would try to find another whole breast ultrasound center near you. Thermograms are questionable depending on the place and camera — with not a lot of quality control and regulation. More info here: https://dcisredefined.org/choices/imaging-and-monitoring/thermography/
      Where do you live? Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Donna

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