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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the breast-cancer-awareness dept.

Papas Fritas writes:

"In the United States, about 37 million mammograms are performed annually at a cost of about $100 per mammogram and nearly three-quarters of women age 40 and over say they had a mammogram in the past year. Now the NYT reports that a study involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century has added powerful new doubts about the value of the screening test for women of any age finding that the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not.

'It will make women uncomfortable, and they should be uncomfortable,' says screening expert Dr. Russell P. Harris who was not involved in the study. 'The decision to have a mammogram should not be a slam dunk.' An editorial accompanying the new study says that earlier studies that found mammograms helped women were done before the routine use of drugs like tamoxifen that sharply reduced the breast cancer death rate. In addition, many previous studies did not use the gold-standard methods of the clinical trial, randomly assigning women to be screened or not, noted the editorial's author, Dr. Mette Kalager. According to Kalager, with better treatments, like tamoxifen, it is less important to find cancers early.

Also, she says, women in the study were aware of breast cancer and its dangers, unlike women in earlier studies who were more likely to ignore lumps. 'As time goes by we do indeed need more efficient mechanisms to reconsider priorities and recommendations for mammography screening and other medical interventions,' concludes Kalager. 'This is not an easy task, because governments, research funders, scientists, and medical practitioners may have vested interests in continuing activities that are well established.'"

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:14PM (#6751)

    Humans are the only animals on the planet who voluntarily wear restrictive harnesses to unnaturally alter the appearance of their bodies. Women stopped wearing corsets a long time ago. Chinese foot-binding stopped a long time ago. But women today choose to wear these harnesses that restrict the flow of the lymphatic system, cause unsightly bulges and creases in flesh, unnaturally transfer breast weight to the shoulders, cause the atrophy of natural breast tissue and Cooper's ligaments (which causes sagging, the opposite of what bras are intended to do), increase the temperature of the breasts relative to the rest of the body--and we wonder why so many women get breast cancer.

    Just spend a few minutes googling about it. Clinical studies have been done showing that women who wear bras regularly have a higher incidence of breast cancer than women who don't wear bras.

    And no, this isn't some puerile troll joke hoping to see more nipples poking through clothing. (Everyone has nipples; what's the big deal?) Women today are torturing themselves on a daily basis and causing themselves to get cancer--and for what? To unnaturally conform to some artificial ideal cooked up by some ad exec at Playtex or Victoria's Secret? To make their breasts sag more when they do take off their bras? Because some immature people are afraid to see the shape of a--gasp--nipple?! (But seeing fat men's nipples poking through their shirts is okay.)

    Do the women in your life a favor: encourage them to free their bodies from their self-imposed oppression, stop wearing bras, and have healthier breasts and healthier bodies.

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