MAMMOGRAM is it necessary for your HEALTH, or is it a RISK?

//MAMMOGRAM is it necessary for your HEALTH, or is it a RISK?

MAMMOGRAM is it necessary for your HEALTH, or is it a RISK?

“Mammogram, screening for breast cancer is a personal choice rather or not you decide to have one”.

This was my thinking as I got my little slip. I was long overdue to see my doctor.

During my routine visit, I was rather anxious. I wanted that clean bill of health this time around.

When I turned 40, It never occurred to me how many things you start to worry about that you took for granted years previous. I reflected often on my mother’s health and her mother’s and then I began to change my personal health blueprint little by little.

Once my visit was over, slowly slipping my clothes on I left the examination room while my husband so patiently waited for me.

Good support is a God sent, right?

When I got into the car he handed me a little pink slip. I looked at him and said, what’s this? His reply was “oh, the receptionist gave me this to give to you”.

After reading it over, there was a long pause and I thought to myself “am I at that age now” where I should be thinking about a mammogram?

I sat feeling extremely numb for a second.

Not realizing how much time had passed, forgetting that I was creeping into that older woman stage.  With all the other tests that would soon follow.

My emotions weren’t founded on the what if.  But, how will I explain to my doctor that I personally refuse to have a mammogram?

No, it’s not for some religious reason, it is my personal choice that I would not have this testing done on my body.

Do I really need a mammogram every year?I understand that many women feel that if such a screening had not existed they would have never discovered that they had breast cancer.

Should you worry about the radiation from CT scans during a mammogram?

According to the Washington Post, some hospitals tend to perform double scans — one with a contrast agent and a second without it. Doctors sometimes refuse to accept or are unable to access radiology studies done elsewhere and send patients for duplicate tests at a facility in which they have an ownership interest. Doctors who have a financial stake in radiology clinics or who own scanners use imaging substantially more often than those who don’t, studies have found. And increasingly, specialists are requiring that patients get a scan before they first see a patient.

From my professional research, there are no studies that show if you would have never received extreme amounts of radiation during your mammogram you would not have developed cancer. In fact, I had the privilege to be a host at a lecture in Chicago sponsored by the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology).

During one of the lectures, the speaker asked his colleagues, “how many of you believe a patient will die if he doesn’t have treatment?”

Initially, there was silence.

Out of a room of 114 specialists in their fields. Only 4 raised their hand. That was compelling for me! 

But let me explain my reasoning just in-case some of you think this is nonsense on my part.

Just want to share with something that I learned from one of my Nutrition Classes that had a profound effect on my decision to not have a mammogram.

Cancer is a group of diseases by unrestrained cell division and growth. This can disrupt the normal functioning of an organ and spread beyond the tissue in which it started.

Cancer has a two-step process: (1)a Carcinogen, such as an X-ray, initiates the sequence. By altering the genetic material of a cell (DNA) and causing a mutation. These cells are either repaired or replaced. When the cell is not replaced.. (2)A Promoter like alcohol and high-calorie diets can cause the mutated cell to grow into a tumor

With this in mind, I realized I had a choice. Since I have changed my health and lifestyle my other choice was how much X-ray will go in my body.

What I have discovered with knowledge, you can make the best decision for your body. Without the pressure to do something that I feel will shorten my life.

This is my personal choice and I don’t push my opinion on anyone else.

Milan Perry, HHP, MH provides Healthy Lifestyle Coaching for successful women 50+, holistically oriented who are at a point in life where they need more to take her health to a higher level. She is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Certified in Herbalism and is a Culinary graduate.

As a herbalist. healthy lifestyle coach, menu planner, busy wife. The “joie de vivre” is wine + anti-aging (not in that order). She coaches women that have tried the fad diets of quick weight loss of 20 pounds without success.

Moving past that, you’re at a point in life where you feel more in touch with your need of well-being.

If you’re still struggling with trying to maintain your weight and feel as confident as you used to, schedule your FREE ‘Chic Women Don’t Diet’ Makeover call with Milan.

 

….stay BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY,

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I do not diagnose disease, treat disease, prescribe drugs and pharmaceuticals, or perform invasive procedures. My goal is to guide and educate YOU about wellness for lifestyle changes. It takes teamwork to figure out the underlying cause that contributed to the problem and teamwork to eliminate it, this is the nature of my holistic therapy. {Disclaimer}

 

By |2018-01-10T15:35:12+00:00October 27th, 2017|Confidence Level Elevated|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Lori (Music Health Coach) June 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I’m still undecided what I want to do when I “should” be doing mammograms. It really is a personal choice. I’ve learned to question everything, including immunizing my children. But your example of the the specialists and how they really feel about treatment totally says something, doesn’t it.

    • Milan June 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, it does. I was floored by that question.

  2. Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 6, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Very interesting perspective, Milan! I am under 40 and haven’t been confronted with the decision yet, but when I am 40, I will think carefully about it. For now, I think I would lean towards getting the mammogram, but I respect everyone’s decision to do what is right for their own body!

    • Milan June 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comment Megan.

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