Surgeons Admit That Mammography is Outdated and Harmful to Women

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If you are an adult woman or know someone who is, you’ve probably heard that annual mammograms and other age-related screening tests are important to detect breast cancer. You’ve probably heard that mammography saves lives. If this is the case, you should also know that there is no conclusive evidence that this is true. In fact, there is evidence that mammograms can be harmful, even causing breast cancer.

Routine mammograms have been recommended for women over forty since 1976, especially if there is a family history of breast cancer. Since then, recommendations have changed. (1) The American Cancer Society, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Care, and several other prominent health institutions currently recommend that women between the ages of forty-five and forty-nine have annual mammograms, then every two years over age fifty. (2, 3, 4)

If you plan to begin or continue regular mammogram screening, here are some things you need to know before you make your final decision.