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This may not be the right place to tell this, but then maybe it is. Women all know that we are told to have mammograms every other year, to catch any possibility of breast cancer. Yet a famous actress, Suzanne Sommers, did all the mammograms, & yet they did not catch hers, in time, so she had to have surgery & chemo & it burned her insides with radiation. I know another woman who was absolutely obsessed about cancer, so she went to have every kind of cancer screening there is, more than once a year. Guess what? She died of cancer anyway, & they could not prevent it or cure it.
In college, one of my room-mates was studying to be a lab tech, to do "pap smears" to detect cancer in the uterus. It was strange to hear how they worked, but it was almost a "quota" basis, see how FAST they can get them done, (ie) "rush them through." So they just looked for a couple anomalies, & passed them on, like an assembly line. IF they saw something abnormal, they passed it, without giving any warning, so the woman would think she was OK. Maybe she would "skip" the next test, thinking she was fine. But the lab tech knew there was an abnormality, but not "flag" it on the first time. (They were told to do that). Which I thought was disgraceful.
Then, my sister was in the hospital, & had to stay for a week. While there, in the bed beside her, there were 3 different patients who had been told by their mammogram, that they probably had breast cancer. So they went in for a surgical procedure to remove breast tissue to see if it was cancer or not. All of these women were scared to death, had to go thru a painful (& expensive) procedure, & then ALL found out that they did NOT have cancer. Yes, they were GLAD it was not cancer, but WHY have to go thru all that fear, pain, & expense --- due to a FALSE reading from a mammogram? And they FORCE women to have those mammograms, which often do NOT detect breast cancer, and often give a FALSE "positive" RESULT, saying they DO have cancer when they do NOT. You might be better off just tossing a coin.
& THIS little fact is not often mentioned. Sometimes, the RADIATION from a mammogram can CAUSE CANCER itself.