31 Days of “Little Known” FACTS — For Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Day 1 — Mammograms

Did you know…

One of the largest studies ever on mammograms indicated they do not reduce cancer deaths.

Listen to this short video with Dr. Joann Elmore, an expert in mammography…

  • “This study adds to an accumulation of data… Multiple large studies.”
  • “We’re not seeing the benefit from mammography that we had hoped.”
  • “The more you look, the more you find.”
  • “We are unfortunately potentially detecting a lot of tumors that the women would have lived with for the rest of their entire lives, and it would have never harmed them, and this is called over-diagnosis.”
  • “We don’t know if she is one of those women that was over-diagnosed and we’re going to over-treat — which can include mastectomies, radiation therapy, chemotherapy.”

Thank you Dr. Joanne Elmore! Facts save breasts and lives!

About Donna Pinto

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. Becoming a mom changed my life and I was fortunate to work part-time from home with many amazing nonprofits. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis inspired me to an investigation that culminated in creating DCIS 411 and Give Wellness.
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2 Responses to 31 Days of “Little Known” FACTS — For Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Day 1 — Mammograms

  1. Teresa Milner says:

    I have wondered if my “cancer” would never have developed from stage 0 DCIS into stage 1 (causing me to acquiesce to the removal of my breast) if I hadn’t had it so thoroughly “tested:” 3 mammograms, 1 MRI, 2 ultrasounds, and 3 biopsies within a 2 week period. The tumor that developed a year later was at the exact convergence of two of the biopsies (which, of course, is where the suspected cancer was). Would it have just lain dormant if there hadn’t been so much disturbance/radiation to that area? I will never know. But I will live without a breast forever…


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