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    Flower

    Several commentators are describing the global elevations of breast cancer as an “epidemic.” My empirical evidence does not dispute this description. To mammogram or not to mammogram? Only the woman can decide.

    X-rays in the recent past and present have been found to cause cancers – particularly specific type x-rays of the head and neck and to the pelvis of pregnant women which exposes a vulnerable embryo to radiation.

    Many health experts claim that the elevation in breast cancer incidence is a result of better detection and the many breast cancer victims I know, have all been devotees of mammogram x-rays at two year intervals. Certainly, the survival rate has improved. So have the profits of relevant industries.

    As for me, so far so good and I’ll continue to take my chances. I remain convinced that the fewer x-rays, the better. There’s plenty of scientific literature on the health impacts of low-level radiation i.e. “there is no risk free dose of radiation.”

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    Leo Braun

    “Croakey has been hosting a lively discussion about the merits of breast cancer screening, in the wake of new research highlighting the potential for over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment”!

    • I feel as though I know you. You’re caught in the middle between the older generation and the younger generation. You are mother not only to your children, but increasingly to your parents, to younger co-workers, perhaps employees, to older friends and neighbors. But by now, you can handle it. You are accomplished. Your life is organized and running smoothly. You take care of your home, family, job / volunteer work — you get more done and done well in a day than many younger do in a week.

    Still, you are looking forward to the day when the demands on you will be fewer, life less fragmented, and you can lavish some time and affection on yourself, and your relationship with your husband and others. You can’t wait to spoil your grandchildren, or to travel, to spend all day in the garden or just read a book. Then you found the lump. Breast cancer. Your first reaction was:

    “Well, let’s just get rid of this and get on with life! I can handle this. I’ve handled worse. It’s just a little lump. Cut it out and send me home”. That was Frances Edstrom (Editor in Chief, Winona Post Online) first reaction. “Just cut it out. I thought I could write down the date for surgery on my calendar, maybe have to reschedule a few meetings, cancel a hair appointment, slip this minor disturbance into my busy life. But breast cancer isn’t as simple as that, as just cutting it out. Breast cancer will take all of your skills as an organizer, communicator and researcher. Breast cancer demands you take on new roles”!

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