One of the highest funded medical research programs, developing treatments and finding a cure for breast cancer is the key to saving the lives of women all over the world. But how effective is early detection really? And does it help save lives?
The most extensive study on mammograms to date was released in February of 2014. Analyzing nearly 90,000 women over the course of 25 years, the study found that mammograms do not reduce breast cancer death rates. And in fact, mammograms are one of the top causes of overdiagnosis in those who were screened. The consequences of a misdiagnosis and an overdiagnosis are needless radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy that could be just as harmful and dangerous as the breast cancer itself, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars it costs on average for early stage breast cancer treatment.
It’s always a good idea to get a mammogram if you feel you need to, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. Be smart and regularly self-exam; if you find a lump, talk to your doctor right away. Take a look at this infographic for more and don’t forget to like and share with your friends. It might save someone’s life!