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Concerns about the efficacy of mammograms

It is estimated that breast cancer will take the lives of 40,000 women in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States during the coming year. The only cancer that results in more fatalities for women is lung cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 40 and 55, approximately 15 percent occur in women under 40, breast cancer for younger women is often aggressive, and four out of five women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Perhaps what is most disturbing is that, at least according to one study, more cases of breast cancer are discovered through self examination than are discovered by mammograms.

The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study that concluded that mammograms statistically results in almost no women being saved. Mammograms can actually damage the immune system that otherwise could assist in fighting the cancer. Mammograms also have risks associated with the procedure such as exposure to radiation and the possibility of actually aiding in the spread of cancer cells.

Also, there are a close to six percent of false positives that can come along with mammogram procedures, and this sometimes results in the need for conducting another mammogram or even surgical procedures to treat a cancer that does not exist.

One study does not by itself mean that revolutionary new methods need to be discovered that will better reveal the presence of breast cancer. However, it does mean that doctors need to be vigilant when examining a female patient and that a doctor cannot rely upon a single method to diagnose this disease.

If you suspect that a doctor has made a mistake in diagnosis of cancer, please do visit a medical malpractice attorney concerning your options. A misdiagnosis of cancer or missed diagnosis of cancer is too great of a mistake to be allowable.

Source: Food Consumer, "Your Greatest Weapon Against Breast Cancer (Not Mammograms)," by Dr. Mercola, April 22, 2013

  • Our Pittsburgh lawyers' website contains more information regarding cancer misdiagnosis and possible malpractice.

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