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Are Mammograms Safe?

Monday, 06 December 2010 11:20 AM

Question: What do you think is a reasonable frequency for women in their 40s and 50s to have mammograms if there have been no previous problems or family history of breast cancer?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

With all the hype coming from government agencies and the medical elite, it can be difficult for women to determine when to have a mammogram. But based on the studies I have examined, I am now opposed to all mammograms.

Recent studies (as well as some older ones) have shown that reductions in fatalities from breast cancer are far fewer than previously thought in women who get regular mammograms. It is also known that the breast is highly sensitive to the effects of radiation. The radiation risk is even higher in women with a family history of breast cancer.

Keep in mind that radiation effects are cumulative — that is, they add up from year to year. Irradiating the breasts of women with a family history of breast cancer is likely to cause a breast cancer because certain gene mutations those women have mean they cannot repair DNA damage caused by the radiation. And it is that damage that causes the cancer.

A woman can reduce her risk of breast cancer dramatically by taking at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Taking curcumin, quercetin, and ellagic acid, and drinking blenderized vegetables every day, also will dramatically reduce risk.

If you do want some kind of screening, have a thermogram or an ultrasound of the breast. An MRI of the breast, which uses no radiation, also is very accurate. More hospitals are installing special breast MRI units.

Unfortunately, under the provisions of Obamacare, these units will disappear.

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