Opting Out of The Mammogram Club

Susan Reimer, a columnist at The Baltimore Sun newspaper, wrote that she failed to get her annual mammogram because “the prospect of getting a very sensitive part of my body pressed between two pieces of cold glass — the greater the pressure the greater the accuracy — had driven me under an afghan and in front of a soap opera.” After her commentary was published, by her own admission, she was scolded.

Everyone from radiologists to cancer survivors let her have it for having second thoughts about the procedure.  It’s a very interesting column; well worth the read.

COMMENT: I don’t understand the hysteria women have over annual mammograms. It’s almost like, if you don’t get one, you are ostracized from The Club. The same thing that happened to Ms. Reimer happens to most of us if we dare to say we’re skipping the torture this year.

Yes, mammograms can “find cancer early.” But when are women going to demand widespread use of a technology that can identify concerns years before cancer is identified on a mammogram? When are women going to insist that the millions raised by running races be used to identify and elimate the Cause?

One reason given for not investigating The Cause is that “breast cancer is complex.” Well, doing heart transplants and disconnecting Siamese twins is complex too, yet we have found successful ways to perform those medical miracles. The truthful answer is that there’s no money in cause:  The Money Is In The Medicine, Not The Cure.

Woman need to push for tools–like thermography and others–that can redefine the meaning of Early Detection. Let’s make all the fund raising activity count for something that can make a substantial difference in Women’s Health. 

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2 Responses to “Opting Out of The Mammogram Club”

  1. newlife07 Says:

    I. like Tracy Craig, had DCIS picked up on mammography. Immediately, I changed my lifestyle. I KNEW I was eating terribly, on the run, stressed. I do ALL of the suggested preventative measures and then some now and have for over 2 years! I had a pH of 5.5 at diagnosis–cancer-range. That changed with diet very quickly.

    I did cottage cheese and flax oil for 4 weeks prior to lumpectomy, and my husband was told they saw no visible sign of cancer when they went in, confirmed by lab pathology. He thought they misdiagnosed me, although I don’t believe that. I saw the mammography. Since then, I have become a Certified Health Counselor, and what I find is that people THINK they eat well, but an analysis of diet reveals otherwise. There is so much processed food and sugar in the Standard American Diet. And, the chemicals we must endure exposure to in cosmetics, cleaning products, etc., are numerous. I did radiation under the threat that if I didn’t, I “should go back to the surgeon and have my breast removed.” I did not do it without taking high dose beta glucan and homeopathic radium bromide and my side effects were minimal with the slight pinkness gone within two weeks. I don’t want to “glow in the dark” — I have had enough radiation.

    I am opting to do thermography this go round. By the way, I do not take Tamoxifen. I trust God and nature over the drug, and my “side effects” are that I look 10 years younger than I did 5 years ago, my skin that was dry all of my life is not any longer, I lost body fat and cellulite, particularly in the bottom half of my body (I can wear a bikini at age 51), I have muscles I never knew I had and never could develop before and most amazing of all, I do not burn in the sun–I tan–something I could never do before, as well. I have sunscreen from within due to omega 3 balance and antioxidants.

    If after all of this, cancer takes me, it will be God’s will, but I believe all the “mini miracles” that have happened to me are signs that I have done the right thing. Women need to really examine their lives, their diets and their habits.

  2. Sherri Tenpenny, DO Says:

    Thanks for your comments and I totally agree!! Thanks for contributing your personal experience and your advice. Have you checked into iodine? That may be one additional element/nutritent essential for your long term breast health and repair. ~~Dr Sherri

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