Are Mammographies Effective?

Understanding Breast Cancer Detection

Are Mammographies Effective?


There’s new evidence showing that widespread breast screening with mammography is not effective. If you are still putting great stock in the process of mammography for breast cancer screening, it’s time to rethink your strategy.

The Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) has published several articles that echo the data being collected worldwide with regards to breast cancer screening using mammography.

In one study, researchers identified the false positive rate to be very high with this form of diagnostic test, leading to unnecessary treatments, increased stress on the patient, and unnecessary cost to the medical system.

The study also revealed that potential screening participants are not told of the false positive rate. This causes the general public to continue believing that screenings are a helpful, and necessary, part of breast cancer detection.

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Best Test for Breast Cancer Detection: PET/CT Scan

If you have any reason at all to suspect you may have breast cancer, or just want to be sure you do not, the most valuable and cost effective tool for identifying whether or not you have cancer is a PET/CT scan. A PET/CT scan shows you exactly where cancer is in your body and which tumours are most aggressive.

You should also get a PET/CT scan done before any surgery is performed to ensure best results. The scan will identify any cancer in your body so clearly that surgeons will know exactly where to find your cancer and make sure they get it all in the surgery.

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Advancements in Breast Cancer Detection

Mammography had its value when it was first offered. At that time, there were limited options for any tools for breast screening. However, technology has advanced to the point where mammography is not recommended because it is not a reliable indicator of whether you have breast cancer or not. It was the best medicine could do back in the day – but now, we have PET/CT and other tests such as liquid biopsies and genetic panels, which show us quickly if you have cancer and how aggressive it is. These tests are also used to monitor how well your treatment is working.

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Catch Cancer Early, using the Best Diagnostics Tools

Time is of the essence with cancer. The faster you can find out you have cancer, the less time your cancer has to grow. The faster you can tell if a certain treatment is working, the more rapidly you can make necessary adjustments to your treatment protocol and make sure it’s working well.

We are on the cusp of taking cancer from a life-threatening illness (that claims many lives each year) and turning it into a manageable, chronic illness with minimal effects on your life.

Enhanced diagnostic testing and personalized, targeted treatment protocols are changing lives today.

This article was first published on August 22, 2015, written by Michelle Morand.

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