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On January 24th, 2012 by Lynn Morales

Breast Augmentation

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Recently, I read an article by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on breast augmentation.  This is what she said and I’m glad there is an alternative method available to detect breast cancer for women with breast implants.

Breast augmentation surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery in America. It is estimated that more than 4 million women have undergone breast implant surgery in the U.S. According to the Mayo Clinic breast implants may decrease the ability of mammograms to identify cancer because they can obscure a tumor. Depending on which studies are cited, it's estimated that implants can obscure more than 50% of breast tissue.

The difference comes down to where they are placed. Those inserted below the chest muscle (about 50%) are less likely to obscure tissue than those placed above. Both silicone and gel implants look like white blobs on the x-ray and may prevent a view of the tissue below. In all cases, instead of the two standard views taken for each breast, four views are taken...adding up to more radiation. The risk of rupture during mammography, although small, is real.

The use of thermography in women who have breast implants is an area that deserves intense investigation. I have seen several women in my office that refused mammograms because they had implants. One woman's thermogram was very abnormal and with much coaxing, she was convinced to obtain a mammogram. Unfortunately, she was found to have cancer in both breasts.

Could this have been detected earlier if she had obtained regular mammograms? Quite possibly. But if women are going to refuse mammograms (for whatever reason, not just because they have implants), at the very least, they should get a thermogram. We need to redefine the meaning of Early Detection.

There are new options being presented to address many diseases and natural therapies are rising in interest. One of many things to consider is an option known as BodyTalk.  BodyTalk is a safe option to help one address the emotional root aspects of this terrible disease.  These sessions can be handled in person or long distance. Learn more today about BodyTalk.

Information is power when it comes to your health.  Learn about other health considerations in the articles below. Breast Cancer and Cod Liver Oil,   Mammogram Alternatives and Pandemonium over new Mammogram Guidelines.

On January 17th, 2012 by Lynn Morales

Mammograms vs. Thermograms

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Recently, I read an article by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on mammograms vs. thermograms.  This is what she said and I’m glad there is an alternative method available to detect breast cancer.

Many women today are concerned about the effects of accumulated radiation from routine mammograms. That concern is addressed by using breast-exam-1thermography which involves no radiation and ultrasound when necessary.

People often wonder if a thermogram is better than a mammogram, or if they can get a painless thermogram instead of a painful mammogram. Though both tests are used to detect breast cancer, each test has a different purpose.

With thermography we do not have to rely on mammographies. And with the growing controversy on the radiation exposure from repeated mammographies, as well as the not insignificant percentage of false-negative results, thermographic screening becomes increasingly attractive. However, it is always important for women to do a thorough manual evaluation of their own breast tissue, and to have the practitioner do likewise.

A thermogram detects subtle heat changes that point to an area of evolving pathology in the breast. This may or may not be cancer. A mammogram is used to detect a mass that has already formed in the breast, often identified by a cluster of calcium specks. By the time a mammogram locates a tumor, it has been growing for at least 5 years.

Making the decision about getting a thermogram vs. a mammogram should be done with much discussion about risk factors, family history and lifestyle. For example, if you have had many years of normal mammograms, have no family history and have a great lifestyle coupled with a normal thermogram and a normal clinical exam, you may want to consider having a mammogram every three to four years and simply get an annual clinical exam and thermogram. However, if you have a very strong family history, drink alcohol and don't take supplements, you may want to consider annual mammograms in addition to your annual exam and thermogram. If you have a very abnormal thermogram and you have not had a mammogram in several years, you must get a mammogram-and possibly an ultrasound-right away.

The most effective way to find breast cancer is to use all available tools as often as is necessary. For example, a clinical breast exam performed by highly trained fingers can identify 61% of tumors that turn out to be cancer. Adding a mammogram increases the ability to find a cancer up to 84%. Research done in Montreal in the mid '90s demonstrated that adding a thermogram to a breast exam and a conventional mammogram increases the ability to find cancer early-and do something about it-up to 95%. Thermography is not just an either/or test; it is a value-added test that both you and your doctor should learn more about.

There are new options being presented to address many diseases and natural therapies are rising in interest. One of many things to consider is an option known as BodyTalk.  BodyTalk is a safe option to help one address the emotional root aspects of this terrible disease.  These sessions can be handled in person or long distance. Learn more today about BodyTalk.

Information is power when it comes to your health.  Learn about other health considerations in the articles below. Breast Cancer and Cod Liver Oil,   Mammogram Alternatives and Pandemonium over new Mammogram Guidelines.

On July 1st, 2010 by Lynn Morales

Pandemonium over New Mammogram Guidelines

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By Dr. Bruce West

The uproar over the change in recommendations for mammograms has been predictable, unreasonable, political, and financial. It all happened after a well-respected organization, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) broke ranks with the medical establishment and sided with Health Alert and others. They recommend that mammogram screenings begin at age 50, instead of age 40, and that they be done every other year instead of yearly. What followed was shock, horror, anger, resentment, blustery political posturing that used the new guidelines for political gain, and more.

To date, all the women’s groups, mammography groups, most medical groups, (including the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), congressmen, and even the President’s office have distanced themselves from these new meaningful and evidence-based recommendations. Even Rush Limbaugh has ridiculously called the new recommendations an insult to women and the first of the new onslaught of “rationed care.”

The truth is exactly the opposite! The evidence to start mammograms was based on one study back in the 1970s! That study showed that mammograms could result in a 30% reduction in breast cancer deaths in women over age 50, but no benefit for women in their 40s. The clinical trial, for the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, followed women for 3 to 5 years, and did not even bother to follow them after that time. These study results were picked up by all the medical groups who sought to lower the age for first mammograms to 35. The American Cancer Society (ACS) agreed, and mammograms were started at age 35! The ACS quietly rescinded the age 35 recommendation in 1992, but the practice continued for 10 years anyway.

Over-treatment

The truth is that mammograms do not save lives. Even The Lancet reported in 2001 that mammography screening resulted in overtreatment without reducing mortality. To date, the Cochrane Collaboration continues to monitor mammography research. According to the Chochrane analysis of all the research, mammograms detect tiny cancers. One in three of these are meaningless and will not cause a problem. But there is no test that can sort out the potentially lethal cancers from those that are meaningless. Therefore, virtually all cancers are treated aggressively with biopsies and radiation, and even chemotherapies, surgeries, and more. Some women have even undergone double mastectomies because of these findings when they didn’t have a real problem at all! In the medical research world, this is simply referred to as over-treatment.

In the end, mammographic screening for breast cancer results in the overtreatment of huge numbers of women-all for no benefit. The screening does not affect overall mortality (deaths from all causes), and the benefit for breast cancer mortality (the number of women who would die from breast cancer) is small to insignificant. And this is for all women who start mammography at either age 50 or 40! In fact, the USPSTF, after examining the real statistics, concluded only 1 in 1,900 women who undergo mammography for 10 years would avoid a breast cancer death!

So a smart group has finally called for a reduction in a procedure that can result in overtreatment that can maim, injure, and even kill women-a procedure that offers little statistical benefit, even when started at age 40. But everyone is horrified, the politicians are distancing themselves because they want to pass “health care reform,” and the doctors and medical groups, who will lose business, are up in arms.

Over the years, women have been sold a bunch of lies-lies for money, politics, power, vanity, paybacks to special interests, and worse. It is all sickening and still going on. The mammography debacle is having a light shined on it. In addition, these same “experts” also caused, at the very least, 20,000 cases of invasive breast cancer a year for 25 years with estrogen prescriptions. This practice continued even though lots of people like myself begged them to quit. Quite frankly, all these medical “experts” owe an apology-on their knees-to the collective female population over the age 35! Instead, women get even more confusion because their doctors and the medical groups in whom they have placed their trust, are “angered,” “shocked” and in “horror” over the new mammography recommendations. In fact, the USPSTF and all non-biased medical scientist agree that these recommendations are the only ones that really make any sense.

Who was that Health Alert guy who was condemned for saying the same thing for years!?

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