Mixed Messages on Mammogram Benefits


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
It's been many years since I had a mammogram. Learn about mammograms and their benefits, or lack of...http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/07/mammography-screening-risks.aspx

1. Mammograms May Offer Less Benefit Than You Think:
In one survey, most women said they believed mammography reduced the risk of breast cancer deaths by at least half and prevented at least 80 deaths per 1,000 women screened.5 In reality, mammography may, at best, offer a relative risk reduction of 20 percent and prevent in absolute terms only one breast-cancer death per 1,000 women.
2. Mammography May Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer in Women with a BRCA 1/2 Mutation:
Results published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) show that women carrying a specific gene mutation called BRCA1/2 (which is linked to breast cancer) are particularly vulnerable to radiation-induced cancer.6
Women carrying this mutation who were exposed to diagnostic radiation (which includes mammograms) before the age of 30 were twice as likely to develop breast cancer, compared to those who did not have the mutated gene. They also found that the radiation-induced cancer was dose-responsive, meaning the greater the dose, the higher the risk of cancer developing.
3. False Positives are Common (and Dangerous)
In the US, the risk of having a false-positive test over 10 mammograms is a concerning 58 percent to 77 percent!7, 8 When a woman is told she may have breast cancer, it causes considerable anxiety and psychological distress. Meanwhile, you will be subjected to more testing, such as biopsy or surgery, which carry their own set of risks, unnecessarily.
4. Mammograms May Not Work if You Have Dense Breasts
Up to 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which makes mammograms very difficult to decipher. Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on an X-ray, making it nearly impossible for a radiologist to detect cancer in these women. It's like trying to find a snowflake in a blizzard.
Breast density laws have been passed in California, Connecticut, New York, Virginia, and Texas, making it mandatory for radiologists to inform their patients who have dense breast tissue that mammograms are basically useless for them. A law is now being considered at a federal level as well.
5. There are Other Screening Options
There are other screening options, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and you have a right to utilize those options. Remember, only a biopsy can confirm cancer. Screening tools only aid in the process of showing concern.


Active member
Apr 18, 2018
Santa Monica
I know this is an older post, but I had 2 mammograms in my early 50's and that was over 30 yrs ago and none since. I believe my grape seed extract and daily dose of iodine are protecting my breasts.

Just reading on another group and 2 women going thru agony as they are told about calcifications and now the docs are pushing for biopsies and these women are freaking out.

When I had my 2 many yrs ago I had calcifications and what I did was stop taking calcium supplements for one thing....

If women only took care of their own breasts on their own..and not let these iron machines squeeze their breasts like pancakes....

So many trust modern medicine. I did for 2 mammograms.....