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Mammograms, X-Rays May Boost Breast Cancer Risk By 250%

Health & Wellness  (tags: Women, World Health Organization )

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(NaturalNews) An International Agency for Research on Cancer study showed that chest X-rays may increase women's chances of developing breast cancer. The study involved 1,600 women with high-risk BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations.


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christy chavana (5)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 1:55 pm
these risks should be looked at more carefully

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 2:04 pm
I worked in a hospital for 5 years and many of my nurse friends will not get mammograms. Additionally, my sister was talked into getting one by her doctor and had a false positive reading a few years back.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 2:08 pm
Thank you for posting this very important information Yvonne !

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 2:35 pm
Its a pleasure Alice!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 2:35 pm
Sorry about your sister and I'm with your nurse friends. I dont do mammograms either.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7:11 pm
I have only had two. Both times I had such deep bruises. Never again.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7:16 pm
One time due to other medical problem possibly related, it wasn't. Never again ! Thank you for circulating Yvonne.

pete O (242)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:12 am
I would say it is a known risk - why do the technichians wear protective clothing ?

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 2:33 am
Great point there Pete, lol

Peggy Sowden (2)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:51 am
I am sorry but this article does not contain any real information. I know you are all going to disagree with me but it doesn't. The study involved those most like to get breast cancer due to the gene. And we do know that MRIs are an excellent tool to do imaging for breast cancer. (which most insurance will not pay for) Most women in their 20s are not getting mammograms. And yes, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer through a mammogram -- you might remember it! Although self breast exams are one of the most important tools to finding breast cancer, mammograms are still very important!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 6:54 am
Easy access to read....

"If confirmed in prospective studies, young women who are members of families known to have BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations may wish to consider alternatives to X-ray, such as MRI," Lead researcher Dr. David Goldgar said.

According to the study, women who get chest X-rays before the age of 20 may increase their risk of developing the disease 2.5 times by age 40 compared to women who had never been exposed to x-rays.

"It is important to remember that 90 percent of breast cancer cases are not hereditary and that most healthy women would not need to have frequent chest X-rays, especially if in their 20s," Breast Cancer Care's Dr. Erin Pennery said.

The research has not conclusively tied chest X-rays to breast cancer. The researchers did say that women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to remember getting a mammogram than women who had not.

However, it is no surprise that there is skepticism of these findings among cancer industry groups which rely on mammography to recruit patients into lucrative cancer treatment protocols. It is not in the interests of such groups to admit that the very test used to detect breast cancer appears to be causing it.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:01 am
Dear Peggy, everyone is entitle to one's one opinion. We just need to know that theres a choice in life that we can make.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:01 am
Ooooppps, I meant one's own opinion..

Elena P (549)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:13 am
Thnak you Yvonne. I have only had one mammogram done - silly me - and vowed that I will not have another one done again.
Anyone knows anything about the risks of "thermography", if any?

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:32 am
Elena, Dr. Mercola talks about thermography here

Mammograms Can Actually INCREASE
Your Risk of Breast Cancer

That's why I don't recommend mammograms, despite what you may hear from other medical sources. They expose your body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray -- this makes you vulnerable unnecessarily to further risks of radiation-induced cancer.

Additionally, mammography compresses the breasts tightly (and often painfully), which could lead to a lethal spread of any existing malignant cells.

And there is no solid evidence that mammograms save lives. In fact, research demonstrates that adding an annual mammogram to a careful physical examination of the breasts does not improve breast cancer survival rates over getting the examination alone.

Jo C (6)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:54 am
As always, there are two sides to the coin. My sister's mammogram showed she had breast cancer four years ago. Luckily, it was caught at an early stage. She had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has been given the all clear. If she hadn't had the mammogram, she might not have been so lucky. I had one three years ago and will have another in the autumn.

Robert Champagne (10)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 8:59 am
I guess everyone forgot about Full Body Scans at airports. What I find amusingly stupid is people have a choice between a scan and being searched. I personally detest either however, if I must select one then feel me up. Governments leading sheep to their slaughter along with their children and does this remind you of anything from our past.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 10:24 am
Another way to look at it is to have a healthy lifestyle which is going way towards the high tech age of today.

Robert the governtments are the ones that decide who goes and how we go, if only they said no to all of this we'd be healthier.

Toni C (508)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 12:25 pm
I have beeen on my soapbox on this subject for a long time... thanks for bringing ti to the light once more.

Suzanne L (3)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 12:38 pm
I agree! Do sonagrams........Ultra sound!

sue M (184)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 12:44 pm
Never had one, never will. This is the reason why!

Marian D (57)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:37 pm
I also am against all the dental x-rays that are required for every little thing. Anyone have any info on those and if they are harmful?

Lois K (24)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 1:43 pm
I'm gonna go to that guy up there for my next exam. Seems to be all-natural and completely harmless. I cannot see any possible negative aspects of this type of exam.


Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 3:13 pm
LOL, I love that picture. As for that article, it wouldn't surprise me if it were to be true. I never got a mammogram and I am not going to get one in the future either and it has nothing to do with the fear that it may cause me harm. All those tests that people are telling us to get every year are ridiculous! Where does it stop? Should we pass all our free time in a room getting something tested to see if we have something? We can get cancer or another illness anywhere on our body and we cannot get tested everywhere!

Cathi Hartline (248)
Wednesday July 14, 2010, 7:56 pm
thank you Yvonne!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 2:07 am
My pleasure Cathi!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 2:52 am
Every woman over the age of 50 years is urged to have a mammogram to detect signs of early breast cancer – but scientists this week say there is a better and more sensitive test that should be used instead. Mammograms use x-ray technology, so women are exposed to radiation while their breast is being pressed between special plates. As well as being dangerous and invasive, the tests are also notoriously unreliable, often producing false positives and negatives. In other words, they detect cancers that aren’t there, so causing unnecessary worry, or they fail to pick up cancers that are there. Instead, hospitals should be using microwave tomography, which is cheaper, less risky and more accurate, say researchers. (Source: SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 2010; 70: 2509-33).

Patricia Herrick (54)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 7:33 am
I had the 2nd of my life recently, and told Doc it would be my last.

Corinne O. (0)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 7:59 am
If you all would like to do further research you can read more by going to and also there's a cute boob poem at

It's our moral obligation to warn others when we know of anything that could do us harm. Ban the MAMMOGRAM machine from the U.S. and around the world.

We need more people to protest at the Pink Ribbon gardens and at the Race for the Cure events. Every State University that promotes MAMMOGRAMS needs to have peaceful protesters to educate students on the pros and cons of MAMMOGRAMS.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 8:27 am
Amen to that Corinne!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Thursday July 15, 2010, 8:31 am
Good for you Patricia, it does take courage to do something that is out of the ordinary sometimes, but if you have the proof and see the results we should think twice. We are educated and should use our heads instead of following what the quick fix shows us.

Nilu S (16)
Sunday July 18, 2010, 6:21 pm
Yes, exposure to radiation is generally a bad thing. Did they just now figure that one out?

FulviaAway M (314)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 1:04 am
Thank you for spreading! I was informed about it, but it's good to make people aware, always!

Anne P (174)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 11:38 am
I too have decided to switch from mammography to thermography. Thanks for the article, Yvonne!

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 11:48 am
Its a pleasant thing to do Anne, you are very welcome.

Corinne O. (0)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 7:37 am
There are tiny little blood vessles inside of your breast. If you get a MAMMOGRAM then the compressions will damage those blood vessles, so it's more than worrying about ionizing radation during a MAMMOGRAM, it's the trauma to the breast that causes the most damage that we all need focus on. PEACE
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