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!
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.
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…
I am so sorry to read this Teresa. I feel deeply for you and all women being put in this position. May our stories help shine the light for a better way. Blessings to you