Women's Health

Serious Doubts About Mammograms

A 25-year studyThermography-The-Science-of-Breast-Screening1-kitchener-tvfc1 of 90,000 Canadian women aged 40 to 59 found some discouraging news for women, and for radiologists: the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not. The study, published in the British Medical Journal and reported in the New York Times, found that breast screening had harms, largely because “one in five cancers found with mammography and treated was not a threat to the woman’s health and did not need treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.” Times writer Gina Kolata says the findings “will not lead to any immediate change in guidelines for mammography, and many advocates and experts will almost certainly dispute the idea that mammograms are on balance useless, or even harmful.” No doubt about that. Read more in the New York Times.


  1. The true but “inconvenient” facts, not the whitewashed version promulgated by the medical establishment, undoubtedly shows mammography is seriously harmful for most women (source: “The Mammogram Myth” by Rolf Hefti).

  2. Matches up with recent studies that treatments for prostate cancers that were motivated by tests for the disease in men were found to be, for a big part, more harmful than having no treatment at all.

    Very confusing in both cases.

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