Re: Fibrocystic breast disease - which is better mammo or ultrasound?
Just one rad of radiation from a mammogram increases breast cancer risk one percent and is the equivalent of one year's natural aging. If a woman has yearly mammograms from age 55 to age 75, she will receive a minimum of 20 rads of radiation. For comparison, women who survived the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima or Nagasaki absorbed 35 rads. Though one large dose of radiation can be more harmful than many small doses, it's important to remember that damage from radiation is cumulative. It builds up!
I had lumpy breasts at one point in my life. I went to a general practitioner. He said, "don't call it 'disease.' It's a fibrocystic breast "condition" and he left them alone. The lumps disappeared at menopause.
Suzanne Somers And her sister had faithful yearly mammos and both came down with cancer. Suzanne, after doing much research, discovered that repeat mammos were part of 'treatment' and she refused any more xrays. I'm not saying that her treatment is right; all I'm saying is she looks and feels fantastic. My best friend had one mammogram at 46; it was clear. Then at 48 she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer then died at 50 from the "treatment" she received. I think she must have had every known side effect from each pill, each treatment, each surgery she got. In and out of hospitals the last 5 months of her "life." I will Never have a mammogram, I"m not worried in the least and I believe it's just a big con job to pay for the machines. My vitamin intake is obscene in it's proportions and expense. If I were to get breast cancer I'd have a lumpectomy, period. I advise every woman to do extensive studying on the latest findings regarding lumpectomies versus radical surgery. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone.