Facts about mammograms that every woman needs to know

Our October heritage, though, has very shallow roots going back in time only to 1985, with the express purpose of raising both our awareness and research monies for breast cancer.

What is manifestly and patently absent from Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the role that our continually expanding toxic environment (plastics and other oestrogen mimickers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in addition to the long list of numerous carcinogenic compounds now routinely released into our environment) plays in the development of breast, as well as other, cancers.

Only about 3% of the more than 75,000 chemicals in regular use today have actually been tested for in terms of their overall safety and carcinogenicity.

Furthermore, since it is a well established fact that living close to toxic waste disposal areas increases the incidence of breast cancer more than six-fold, as does having well manicured and “pest free” lawns, it is unfathomable that this data does not constitute the main topic of discussion and serve to target dollars into researching prevention.

Fifty years ago, an American woman’s risk of developing breast cancer was one in twenty, whereas she now has an almost one in seven risk, and also a much higher likelihood of contracting it earlier in life.

Mammograms have become so prevalent that to the average American they are synonymous with breast cancer screening.

And when a physician orders a breast ultrasound as an initial, harmless screening tool, he/she receives a call from the radiologist explaining that an ultrasound cannot be performed until the results of a breast mammogram have been obtained.

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