(NaturalNews) Most of the women who undergo routine mammogram screenings for breast cancer will never actually derive any real benefit from the radioactive procedure, while the majority of those who end up testing positive for tumors as a result of mammography will undergo needless treatments for malignancies that never would have led to any health problems.
These are the unsettling findings of a review recently published in the journal The Lancet
, which found that for every woman whose life is supposedly saved as a result of early detection, three others undergo invasive surgery, toxic chemotherapy, or immune-destroying radiation treatments for benign tumors that never would have resulted in fatality.
This shocking information represents yet one more nail in the coffin for the barbaric practice of mammography, which is still touted by the mainstream medical system as the premier method by which women have the best chance of not dying from breast cancer. Not only are women not being told about the significant radioactive risks associated with getting mammograms
, but they are also not being told that the procedure often detects noncancerous tumors.
According to the review, 1,307 women avoid dying from breast cancer every single year in the U.K. as a result of being screened for breast cancer. But another 3,971 women every year also end up opting for unnecessary, expensive, and highly-toxic treatment procedures for benign tumors as a result of mammography, which causes many of them to suffer irreparable damage to their immune health.
According to a similar study released earlier this year out of Norway
, as many as 25 percent of the breast cancers detected by mammography would have never even caused any health problems during the women's lifetimes. At the same time, mammography also fails to detect as many as 10 percent of harmful breast tumors
, indicating that it is a highly unreliable, and very toxic, breast cancer detection method that needs to be effectively phased out of mainstream use.
"Once you've decided to undergo mammography screening
, you also have to deal with the consequences that you might be over-diagnosed," says Dr. Metter Kalager, a breast surgeon at Telemark Hospital
in Norway about the widespread problem of breast cancer
over-diagnosis. "By then, I think, it's too late. You have to get treated."
"The truth is that we've exaggerated the benefits of screening and we've ignored the harms. I think we're headed to a place where we realize we need to give women a more balanced message: Mammography helps some people but it leads others to be treated unnecessarily."Sources for this article include:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20121043