I’ve been researching mammograms since I’m due for one soon. I just read an article that really made me think.
The start of screening mammography programs throughout Europe has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer.
This raises some obvious and worrisome questions: Did the x-rays and/or the sometimes torturous compression of breasts during mammography actually spur cancer to develop? Or does this just look like an increase in the disease rate because mammography is simply identifying more cases of breast cancer?
They went on to say that test results show that it doesn’t look as if they’re just finding more–there actually ARE more.
According to a several sources I read, women who are regularly screened for cancer through mammography are around 22%-25% more likely to get cancer! Now that’s a statistic I don’t like at ALL.
What do you think?