In the United States, ultrasound is typically associated with expectant parents' first beautiful image of their unborn child. But did you know that ultrasound is actually a terrific alternative to mammography in the early detection of breast cancer? And ultrasound, not mammography, is the standard of care in Europe.
Today, host KC Craichy presents the findings of an important new study that compared the efficacy of mammography versus ultrasound in breast cancer detection. The results of this new study and other important information KC shares may have you rethinking your annual mammogram. Consider forwarding this message to a woman or women you love today.
Join KC as he interviews Dr. Patrick Purdue about the many dangers of Medical Radiation.
Dangers of Medical Radiation with Dr. Patrick Purdue
Study Shows How Radiation Causes Breast Cancer
June 9, 2010
(NaturalNews) It's well-established that exposure to ionizing radiation can trigger mutations and other genetic damage and cause normal cells to become malignant. So it seems amazing how mainstream medicine frequently dismisses the idea that medical imaging tests from mammograms to CT scans could play much of a role in causing breast cancer.
Common sense suggests there is plenty of reason to be worried about radiation causing breast cancer. And now there's a new reason to be concerned. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered that radiation exposure can alter cells' microenvironment (the environment surrounding cells). And that greatly raises the odds future cells will become cancerous. Read more here
We have heard many radiation concerns about the new full-body security scanners at airports. Here is an update from June 1, 2010.
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Full-body airport security scanners manufactured by Torrance-based Rapiscan Inc. expose the skin to high radiation levels that may lead to cancer and other health problems, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.
Particularly at risk, the researchers said, are travelers who are pregnant, elderly or have weakened immune systems.
The machines emit X-ray energy levels that would be safe if they were distributed throughout the body, but a majority of that energy is delivered to the skin and underlying tissue at levels that "may be dangerously high," the researchers wrote last month to the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Two Rapiscan backscatter machines have been tested over the past two years at Los Angeles International Airport, with more expected to arrive by the end of the year as part of a nationwide deployment.
Read more about these concerns here
We introduced a LivingFuelTV video about the dangers of Medical Radiation in 2009. Your response has been overwhelming! We're so glad the video and the Internet references we shared with you have helped in your personal and family health decisions.
Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service's Preventive Services Task Force changed the routine mammogram recommendation by 10 years, from 40-years-of-age to 50-years-of-age. That started a firestorm of controversy on all sides of the issue. Much of what has come from that firestorm, and from media reports, has led to confusion by the people who need to know the truth. What are the facts concerning mammograms? Health expert and best-selling author K.C. Craichy shares the information you need to know to make well-informed decisions about your health. We'll also include links to the Preventive Services Task Force recommendation and other informational and video references at the bottom of this page.
Medical Radiation Dangers
"...a very great deal of future cancer and ischemic hearet disease (IHD) could be prevented by reducing the dose-levels customarily administered during x-ray imaging procedures."
These powerful words were written at the beginning of this century by one of the world's leading experts in the dangers of medical radiation. Dr. John Gofman estimated that a major shift in the way the medical community in the United States used x-ray imaging could prevent about a quarter-of-a-million deaths every year! We first invite you to watch this special video with Living Fuel Founder & CEO K.C. Craichy. Following the video, please link to the many reference sites we've included on this page to help you learn more about the dangers of medical radiation and what you can do to protect your family's health.
"Medical radiation, introduced into medicine in 1896, became and remains a necessary causal co-actor in over half of the fatal cases of cancer in the USA, and became and remains a necessary causal co-actor also in over half of the fatal cases of ischemic heart disease (coronary artery disease) in the USA. From these conclusions plus the fact that x-ray harm is approximately proportional to accumulated x-ray dose, it follows that a very great deal of future cancer and ischemic heart disease (IHD) could be prevented by reducing the dose-levels customarily administered during x-ray imaging procedures, especially CT and fluoroscopy. Indeed, it is very often feasible to get good images with half (or less) of the customary dose. Doing so could prevent about 250,000 premature deaths every year in the USA, by our estimate. The conclusions above are obviously so important for human health that they demand thoughtful, independent scruitiny, i.e., peer-review."
November 2002 by John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Cell Biology, Univ. of Calif. Berkeley
Special Internet References:
Two more hospitals report CT scan radiation overdoses
After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
Mammograms Cause 7,000 Women To Receive False Positives Each Year In The UK
CT Scan Radiation May Cause Cancer Decades Later, Study Finds
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Routine Mammogram Recommendation
Patients Receiving High Radiation at Cedars Sinai File Class Action Lawsuit
The Dangers of Unnecessary Medical Tests
Medical Radiation Exposure Of The U.S. Population Greatly Increased Since The Early 1980s
Radiation Overdoses Point Up Dangers of CT Scans
How Dangerous Are CT Scans?
CT Scan vs. MRI
Avoiding the Radiation Dangers of Cardiac CAT Scans
Exposure to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging Procedures
Radiation From CT Scans Can Increase Risk of Cancer
Just Say No to X-Rays!
Radiation Overload? Medical imaging usage has grown, and some are concerned it's too much
X-Rays vs. Sonograms: Does Overuse of X-Rays and Underuse of Sonograms Endanger Patient Health?
Can radiation treatment hurt others?
Study Verifies Mammography Screenings Cause Cancer
Guidance on Potassium Iodide as a Thyroid Blocking Agent in Radiation Emergencies
American Nuclear Society: Radiation Dose Chart
Potassium Iodide Tablets
Antioxidant in Ginkgo may protect cells from radiation damage
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (`SickKids`) acquires Biospace med`s 2D/3D ultra low dose X-ray imager, EOS
CT Scans and Cancer: How to Minimize Your Risk
Thermography In Early Detection Of Breast Cancer
Dr. William Amalu On ABC News On Thermography
Fox News About Thermography