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I had 2 mamms in my early 50's and both questionable, and then went to work on my research and found a great amount of info on this subject and also a foundation who does a lot of work in this area. I have not done once since and I'm 76 and have no plans to do anymore. The info below came in from a friend today...just proves all I've read over the years.
In the Cochrane study, 90,000 women were followed for 25 years. This is a very huge study, so the scientific weight of the study is also huge. The result is that mammograms provide no significant reduction in breast cancer. And that does not consider all the invasive procedure complications from a false positive, unnecessary surgeries, hospital acquired infections and similar. In fact if you have the BRCA1 gene, mammographies increase the likelihood you will get breast cancer. The Swiss have responded by no longer recommending mammographies. This is interesting about the Swiss....they are pushed like crazy in the U.S.
Another problem is that if you have dense breast tissue, a mammography is useless, can’t find cancer even when you have it but women are not warned about that.
This is creating lots of controversy. And show again how some of the past science was not really science with studies done incorrectly or biased.
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