New study shows how many women are wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer. A top doctor in American Cancer Society opines that mammograms tend to malfunction 1 out of 3 times.
Breast cancer is the leading disease that kills women in U.S- about 200,000 women are diagnosed with this disease every year. Most women who are worried about cancer of the breast depend on mammograms to find out if they are at risk. But a recent study shows that you cannot totally bet on mammograms as they sometimes give the wrong diagnosis. A top doctor in American Cancer Society points out how cancer screening sometimes leads to what the doctors have termed “overdiagnosis”
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1. The Hot Debate On Mammograms
It happens that about a third of women in Denmark have been diagnosed with breast cancer though they were never really at risk or had tumors that did not require immediate treatment. It could be that cancer is such
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2. Inefficiency Of Regular Mammograms
Many oncologists even point out that undergoing regular mammograms might not really help in spotting advanced cancers. Dr. Karsten Juhl Jørgensen of the Nordic Cochrane Center talks about how most women who have been overdiagnosed are mostly cases of invasive tumors or ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS). DCIS is a condition that most cancer experts don’t even recognize as cancer and is often referred to as the ‘stage 0’ of cancer. But it still is a factor that increases the risk factor, which could be the reason why women still choose to undergo treatment.
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3. Mammography: Frequently Casting Doubts
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It is time that doctors and scientists admitted that mammograms are not really doing what they are supposed to do, which is to save countless lives all over the world before cancer preys on them. Every year thousands of women who don’t really require to be treated undergo treatment even for pea-sized abrasions. Some of these pea-sized lesions are bound to subside as time passes. “We are curing people that don’t need curing,” Says Dr. Otis Brawley, a medical officer at the American Cancer society. He, who happens to be an African American, even opined that assuming every tiny lesion could kill you is not much different than racial profiling.
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4. Inevitability Of Mammograms
It is time that doctors and scientists admitted that mammograms are not really doing what they are supposed to do, which is to save countless lives all over the world before cancer preys on them. Every year thousands of women who don’t really require to be treated undergo treatment even for
Though mammograms have all the above mentioned limitations, they still play an inevitable role in the field of breast cancer treatment. Dr. Brawley points out how being aware of the limitations of these screenings could contribute towards making them more effective. He also strongly emphasizes that this article should never prevent women from getting themselves screened. “My nightmare is a woman will hear this today and say, ‘maybe I shouldn’t get treated.'”
The need for the hour is to develop better genetic tests that can differentiate between dangerous tumors and the ones that are not harmless. Brawley also commented how by treating everyone,