3-D mammograms present new risks for women
There's a new weapon aimed at your boobs, ladies -- a powerful new 3-D mammogram that emits twice the radiation of the traditional screening.
If you didn't have cancer before your exam, you might get it afterwards!
The newly approved machine is called the Selenia Dimensions System, and studies show it increases "accuracy" by 7 percent – but as I've told you before, docs don't need more help spotting tumors.
If the "pink ribbon" campaigns have taught us anything, it's that spotting tumors doesn't save lives -- it just puts millions of women through unnecessary life-altering treatments such as poisonous drugs, toxic chemo, and disfiguring breast-chopping surgeries. (Read more here.)
The new machine won't change that -- it'll make it worse, because increased "accuracy" is just code for increased paychecks, as doctors spot even more harmless tumors to perform unnecessary treatments on.
Some of the risks of these treatments can haunt women for the rest of their lives -- and not just the obvious one, like surgically butchered breasts.
One new study finds that women who survive breast cancer treatments could suffer hip fractures at earlier-than-ever ages.
Researchers made the connection when they found six unusual fracture cases in women in their early 50s – practically kids by today's standards – and all of them just so happened to be breast cancer survivors.
One of the women already had osteoporosis, while the other five had osteopenia, which is a thinning of the bone that isn't quite osteoporosis.
The researchers wrote in Clinical Cancer Research that they believe chemotherapy and common cancer drugs can cause or accelerate bone thinning and weakening -- and say women who've undergone these treatments should have regular bone density tests.
But I've got a better idea: Just skip the mammograms.
Don't waste your time choosing 3-D or 2-D -- only "No-D" will ensure that you don't fall victim to an unnecessary treatment that could ruin your life now... and shatter your bones later.
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