Mammograms Found To Raise Breast Cancer Rates; Some Cancers May Regress On Their Own

Dec 30, 2008 by

Mammograms Found To Raise Breast Cancer Rates; Some Cancers May Regress On Their Own

Do conventional diagnostic procedures like X-rays and mammograms actually do their part in causing cancer? Does conventional cancer treatment meddle with cancerous conditions which otherwise might have been successfully dealt with via the body’s own defence mechanisms, without the need for invasive intervention?

My own gut feel to both questions has always been yes, and yes. Now, recent research in Norway seems to indicate so, too.

A study carried out at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo has found that the incidence of breast cancer was 22% higher among women who undertook mammograms regularly. They were, in fact, likelier to have the disease at every age.

“Because the cumulative incidence among controls never reached that of the screened group, it appears that some breast cancers detected by repeated mammographic screening would not persist to be detectable by a single mammogram at the end of six years. This raises the possibility that the natural course of some screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress,” wrote the study team.

These findings, according to them, “provide new insight on what is arguably the major harm associated with mammographic screening, namely, the detection and treatment of cancers that would otherwise regress”.

Read more about how mammograms caused breast cancer rates to increase, as well as how some breast cancers may just go away on their own, at Cancer Research

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