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Mammograms can Rupture Tumors - Breast Cancer Patient Dies...that's a terrifying headline!
Did you know that mammograms can rupture tumors and spread malignant cells? I had no idea this was possible until I saw the consequences. One of the gals at my cancer clinic passed away last week. She had breast cancer, diagnosed in January 2017.
She went the conventional route for treatment initially including radiation therapy. The conventional treatment didn't help and she started treating naturally at the clinic I attend where I was able to get to know her during our IV treatments together.
When she started treatment she looked healthy and young. I was shocked to learn that she was in her early 50's, she looked like a young 45! She was so strong and had a great chance of living a long healthy life.
She took a turn for the worst when she went in for a mammogram to check the progress of her treatment. The compression of the mammogram was so powerful, it ruptured her tumor causing her cancer to spread into the pleura of her lungs. Since she had also had radiation therapy her lungs were damaged and weeping fluid. The combination caused fluid to build up in her lungs and difficulty breathing. Over the last couple of months, she has been on oxygen and was going in every 14-19 days to have her lungs drained of fluid.
In early January she stopped her natural treatments and the doctors could no longer find any fluid in her lungs. However, she still had difficulty breathing. She was hospitalized and two weeks later passed away.
Mammograms can Rupture Tumors and Spread Malignant Cells
Not only do mammograms hurt like hell, but they can cause serious issues if you have cysts, breast implants, or tumors.
Mammography involves compressing the breasts between two plates in order to spread out the breast tissue for imaging. Today’s mammogram equipment applies 42 pounds of pressure to the breasts. Not surprisingly, this can cause significant pain. However, there is also a serious health risk associated with the compression applied to the breasts. Only 22 pounds of pressure is needed to rupture the encapsulation of a cancerous tumor (14). The amount of pressure involved in a mammography procedure, therefore, has the potential to rupture existing tumors and spread malignant cells into the bloodstream (15). Source
Mammography Radiation May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer
The radiation involved in mammography screening can cause cancer and women are usually not informed of any of this prior to their medical professional ordering the tests.
The cumulative effect of routine mammography screening may increase women’s risk of developing radiation-induced breast cancer (11). The current recommendations for mammography screening have led women to start screening at a younger age and also to receive more frequent screening; this has amplified the amount of radiation to which the breasts are being exposed, and the effects are not trivial. In addition, women who are exposed to radiation for other purposes or women who are carriers of the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility) gene are at an even higher risk of experiencing adverse effects from mammography radiation (12).
While not a direct reflection of the impact of mammography on breast cancer risk, other studies examining the effect of diagnostic chest x-rays on breast cancer risk have found that medical radiation exposure increases breast cancer risk (13). Source
One patient that I sat through IV's with was a radiation nurse who had a crack in her steel apron. She developed a tumor directly under the crack. Coincidence? Yeah, I don't think so.
The research used to develop recommendations for mammography screening is biased and is not a true representation of the efficacy of mammography for reducing breast cancer mortality. The data is tortured to suggest whatever outcome the stakeholders are interested in, and as I've learned through my own journey, this is a very common issue in the business of treating cancer.
Unfortunately, due to the rampant fear of cancer, it's been extremely easy to use biased research to drive millions of women to subject their bodies to this torture every year.
Potential Mammography Alternatives
Think twice before going in for that mammogram and do your research. Unfortunately, there aren't very many alternatives available for screening. But there are a couple of options including ultrasound and thermography. Safer and less invasive. No flat green boobs involved.
Ultrasound is the original screening mechanism for breast cancer. However, it is not used on its own for screening since mammography became the standard of care. You can, however, ask for an ultrasound only at independent imaging facilities and through a naturopath or functional doctor
Ultrasound is an imaging test that sends high-frequency sound waves through your breast and converts them into images on a viewing screen. The ultrasound technician places a sound-emitting probe on the breast to conduct the test. There is no radiation involved.
The use of Digital Infrared Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast. Screenings use ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations.
Self-examination isn't a replacement for imaging, however, it can absolutely help you detect the presence of abnormalities early and reduce your risk of complications from a mammogram.
I think it makes logical sense that if you are very in-tune with your breasts that you will reduce the likely hood that mammograms can rupture tumors if you keep a close watch on things.
I encourage all women to be diligent about breast self-examination on a monthly basis. It's easy and if you involve your partner it can be fun.
This video from the National Breast Cancer Foundation outlines all of the types of breast exams as well as signs and symptoms to watch for and other good information about breast cancer.
Rest in peace Deidra, you will not be forgotten. <3