Mammography – A Mammoth Lie

The Australian government spends $14 million each year on Breast Screening Mammography. That would be fine if it actually did some good. But the truth is for every 1 woman whose life has been extended by mammography, there are another 10 whose lives have been shortened. This woeful statistic has resulted in a worldwide move for various cancer organizations to recommend against it. In Australia, authorities still recommend mammography, almost to the point of bullying. Women are being made to feel irresponsible if they don’t have regular screening. If you want the truth, well it’s out there. I would highly recommend reading the following book –

Mammography Screening : Truth, Lies and Controversy by Peter C. Gotsche

Here is an extract from the foreword by Fran Visco, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition

‘This book gives plenty of examples of ad hominem attacks, intimidation, slander, threats of litigation, deception, dishonesty, lies and other violations of good scientific practice. For some years I kept a folder labelled Dishonesty in breast cancer screening on top of my filing cabinet, storing articles and letters to the editor that contained statements I knew were dishonest. Eventually I gave up on the idea of writing a paper about this collection, as the number of examples quickly exceeded what could be contained in a single article.’ From the Introduction The most effective way to decrease women’s risk of becoming a breast cancer patient is to avoid attending screening. Mammography screening is one of the greatest controversies in healthcare, and the extent to which some scientists have sacrificed sound scientific principles in order to arrive at politically acceptable results in their research is extraordinary. In contrast, neutral observers increasingly find that the benefit has been much oversold and that the harms are much greater than previously believed. This groundbreaking book takes an evidence-based, critical look at the scientific disputes and the information provided to women by governments and cancer charities. It also explains why mammography screening is unlikely to be effective today. All health professionals and members of the public will find these revelations disturbingly illuminating. It will radically transform the way healthcare policy makers view mammography screening in the future. ‘If Peter Gotzsche did not exist, there would be a need to invent him …It may still take time for the limitations and harms of screening to be properly acknowledged and for women to be enabled to make adequately informed decisions. When this happens, it will be almost entirely due to the intellectual rigour and determination of Peter Gotzsche.

I have to say it’s not an easy read; it requires concentration. Peter Gotzsche has done a thorough investigation and detailed statistical analysis of reliable research from all around the world.

Again I will mention Dr John McDougall, (Dr Logic) at – in his education section – webinars, gives a great presentation on cancer and breast cancer on the 18th and on the 26th September, 2016 webinars.

The truth would have to be, Mammography – don’t go there. With all the evidence against it, it’s hard to understand why any authority would still recommend mammography. Perhaps they may find difficulty in reversing the recommendations they have made for decades.

Mammography is dangerous and ineffective –

  1. Overdiagnosis is rampant. It is estimated that, over the last 30 years, 1.3 million women in the US were incorrectly treated for breast cancer. Women are being diagnosed and treated for tumours that will never affect them for the rest of their lives; many tumours are either growing so slowly or the patients too old to cause any harm. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can devastate them. Many of those women thought “their lives were saved” by the treatment when in fact the side effects of the treatments almost certainly reduced the quality and duration of their lives. A commonly diagnosed form of early breast cancer known as “ductal carcinoma in situ” is not inherently malignant and should not be treated by conventional surgery, radiation and chemo. These early stage detections and treatments show no benefit at all and the treatments cause harm.
  2. The only tumours that can be found by mammography are already decades old and more than likely have already spread.
  3. Squashing a breast containing a tumour can cause the tumour to metastasize and spread.
  4. The low energy x radiation used in mammography is 4 to 6 times more likely to cause mutational damage (cancer) than normal high energy X radiation.

I don’t blame any women for being concerned enough about breast cancer to go for the screening – all those authorities telling you how important it is. We would all probably have known several people that have actually died or have had a breast cancer scare. In Australia, 8 women per day die of breast cancer.

People seem to blame bad genes for breast cancer – it’s all inherited. In fact only about 2 ½% can be attributed to genes. Angelina Jolie made a very poor decision but a very public one by having a double mastectomy because she had those BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. A mutation of these genes can cause a rare form of hereditary breast cancer. There are other cancer susceptibility genes MDM2 and CYP1B1. The BRCA genes become cancer protective by including soy in the diet. Soy can also prevent those MDM2 and CYP1B1 genes from promoting cancer.

Consider that in some countries breast cancer is almost unknown. That’s the way it could be in Australia and that’s the way it should be. Once again, it’s diet, not genes. Good diets either switch bad genes into protective genes or stop the action of other cancer promoting genes.

The causes of breast cancer are external – smoking, alcohol (even a very small consumption, one drink per day, can significantly increase breast cancer risk). LDL cholesterol (saturated fat) in meat, eggs and dairy feeds cancer cells. Cooked meats, the longer and the hotter cooking methods, can stimulate the growth of cancers such as – breast, colon, oesophagus, lung, pancreas, prostate and stomach.

Mammography is not an answer. If you live on a meat, eggs dairy rich western diet and you are over 40 you already have a 40% chance of having the disease. It can even start in the womb due to your mother’s diet. You can however reduce your risk down to almost zero, no matter what your genes say, with a few diet and lifestyle changes. Avoid cancer by avoiding the things that cause it – alcohol (even alcohol based mouth wash), smoking, meat, eggs and dairy (with all the cancer initiating and promoting substances), cooked and processed meats.

Protect yourself with a whole plant diet, include some soy (milk and tofu not concentrated soy protein as in fake meats), sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seed on your morning oats. High fibre plant diets are very protective. Greens are great. Incorporate a variety of herbs and spices in your diet. Turmeric is the king of spices for cancer protection. Berries, fresh, frozen or powdered are high antioxidant cancer killers. Drinking one tea bag of green tea per day can cut your risk by 30%. Consuming ½ a mushroom per day can cut your odds by more than 50% compared to women who eat none. Combine mushrooms with ½ a bag of green tea per day to cut your odds of breast cancer by 90%. Have regular exercise, preferably the raise-your-pulse-rate type. Get regular exposure to the sun without burning to build up your vitamin D and COQ10 protection.

The message is, start today. Give yourself a healthy body with a healthy immune system and genes that work for you not against you. Don’t search for breast cancer, no mammograms, not even self-examination. When you notice an obvious lump then take things further. Look for alternative treatments as per the cancer section of this site. Search on the internet yourself. There’s so much to learn. Don’t be bullied. Modern cancer treatment is no walk in the park and long term survival past that magic 5 year mark is debatable. If you do decide to go the modern chemo/radiation way, then back it up before, during and after with a whole plant based protective diet.