Mammograms Found To Increase Breast Cancer Rates; Some Cancers May Go Away On Their Own
Do conventional diagnostic procedures like X-rays and mammograms actually do their part in causing cancer? Does conventional cancer treatment meddle with cancerous conditions which otherwise might have been successfully dealt with via the body’s own defence mechanisms, without the need for invasive intervention?
Recent research in Norway seems to indicate so. Read the article by Sherry Baker below.
Breast Cancer Rates Soar after Mammograms and Some Cancers may Heal Naturally
by Sherry Baker
(NaturalNews) A report just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine (Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:2302-2303) reaches a startling conclusion. Breast cancer rates increased significantly in four Norwegian counties after women there began getting mammograms every two years. In fact, according to background information in the study, the start of screening mammography programs throughout Europe has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer.
This raises some obvious and worrisome questions: Did the x-rays and/or the sometimes torturous compression of breasts during mammography actually spur cancer to develop? Or does this just look like an increase in the disease rate because mammography is simply identifying more cases of breast cancer?
The answer to the first question is that no one knows (and it isn’t addressed in the Archives of Internal Medicine study). But the second question has an unexpected and – for those interested in the human body’s innate ability to heal itself – potentially paradigm-shifting answer. The researchers say they can’t blame the increased incidence of breast cancer on more cases being found because the rates among regularly screened women remained higher than rates among women of the same age who only received mammograms once after six years. Bottom line: the scientists conclude this indicates that some of the cancers detected by mammography would have spontaneously regressed if they had never been discovered on a mammogram and treated, usually with chemotherapy and radiation. Simply put, it appears that some invasive breast cancers simply go away on their own, healed by the body’s own immune system.
Per-Henrik Zahl, M.D., Ph.D., of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, and his research team studied breast cancer rates among 119,472 women (age 50 to 64). These research subjects were asked to participate in three rounds of screening mammograms between 1996 and 2001, as part of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program. The scientists then compared the number of breast cancers found in this group to the rate of malignancies among a control group of 109,784 women who were the same ages in 1992, and who would have been invited for breast screenings if the program had been in place that year. Cancers were tracked using a national registry. Then, after six years, all participants were invited to undergo a one-time screening to assess for the prevalence of breast cancer.
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