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    Breast cancer screening does not save lives, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD


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    Monday, July 27, 2015 1:46 am Email this article

    In this video clip, Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD, author of the book Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy notes that…

    “We found out in just four weeks, 15 years ago, that mammography screening might NOT work.”

    “We have done research on that ever since.”

    “We can now substantiate that – it likely doesn’t work.”

    Later in the video, Prof. Gøtzsche, MD goes on to say…

    “So, if you look at total mortality, we can’t see any effect of [breast cancer] screening.

    “If you look at total cancer mortality, remembering that radiotherapy causes cancer in healthy women, you can’t see any effect whatsoever.

    “So my conclusion is that [breast cancer] screening should be stopped because it’s harmful.

    “Also because one-quarter of women will get a false positive diagnosis, they will get a suspicion of a cancer that is rejected…

    “A Danish study has shown that [women] are very worried even three years after they were declared free from cancer.

    “The United States sees much more [misdiagnosis of breast cancer].

    “It’s about double as many women get a false positive diagnosis because you are more aggressive here in the United States.

    “So if you factor in this loss of quality of life in these women, you get a very negative results of [breast cancer] screening since it does not affect your mortality.

    “So it is unequivocally harmful.

    “We must stop this [screening for breast cancer]…

    “Just as we don’t recommend prostate cancer screening in Europe.”

    (A new study in the US found the same thing, that comparing counties in the US with the highest amount of women given screening mammography compared to the counties with the lowest amount of mammography screening, there was NO difference in breast cancer deaths over time.)

    Mammography screening in Denmark

    Mammography screening in Denmark had NO effect

    “For the next 17 years, we still only had [mammography] screening in 20% of the country [Denmark].

    “This enabled us to compared screen regions with non-screened regions many years later, and guess what, we confirmed the Swedish results.

    “We could NOT see any effect of mammography screening in Denmark.

    “Breast cancer mortality went down, but in the whole country, also [in regions] where we had no screening.

    “And this coincided with the introduction of very effective treatments…

    “So breast cancer mortality started to go down all over the world when effective treatments were introduced.

    “We have looked at other countries.”

    Reduction in Breast Cancer Deaths

    Reduction in Breast Cancer Deaths has NOTHING to do with breast cancer screening

    “It has NOTHING to do with when [breast cancer] screening was introduced.

    “We found out in just four weeks, 15 years ago, that mammography screening might NOT work.

    “We have done research on that ever since.”

    It likely does NOT work

    Breast Cancer Screening likely does NOT work

    “We can now substantiate that – it likely doesn’t work.

    “It doesn’t reduce the incidence of advanced cancers that have spread.

    “And this is the whole idea of screening — to find cancers before they have spread.”

    International Studies

    International Studies Have Found Breast Cancer Screening does NOT reduce mortality

    “Many international studies have shown that this doesn’t happen [that breast cancer screening does NOT reduce mortality.]

    “We have shown that it doesn’t affect breast cancer mortality in Denmark.”

    Overdiagnosis

    Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment Causes HARM

    “And it actually kills quite a number of healthy women because they are overdiagnosed [and over-treated].

    “Their cancers never should have been detected.”

    Can You Distinguish Between Harmful and Harmless Cancers? NO!

    You Can’t Tell Which Cancers are Harmful and Which are Harmless

    “But since you cannot distinguish between harmless cancers and dangerous ones, in the microscope or in other ways, they don’t need to treat all of them.”

    Problems with Radiation

    Giving Healthy Women (with Harmless Cancers) Radiation Kills Some of Them

    “And when you treat healthy women with radiotherapy, it kills some of them.

    “They get lung cancer and heart disease and other cancers.”

    NO Effect on Mortality

    Breast Cancer Screening Has NO Effect on Mortality

    “So, if you look at total mortality, we can’t see any effect of [breast cancer] screening.

    “If you look at total cancer mortality, remembering that radiotherapy causes cancer in healthy women, you can’t see any effect whatsoever.

    Breast Cancer Screening Should Be STOPPED

    Breast Cancer Screening Should Be STOPPED Because It Is HARMFUL

    “So my conclusion is that [breast cancer] screening should be stopped because it’s harmful.”

    Harm from Overdiagnosis

    Overdiagnosis Causes Worry for Years

    “Also because one-quarter of women will get a false positive diagnosis, they will get a suspicion of a cancer that is rejected…

    “A Danish study has shown that [women] are very worried even three years after they were declared free from cancer.”

    Misdiagnosis MORE Common in the US

    Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer TWICE as Common in the US

    “The United States sees much more [misdiagnosis of breast cancer].

    “It’s about double as many women get a false positive diagnosis because you are more aggressive here in the United States.”

    Quality of Life

    Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer Reduces Quality of Life

    “So if you factor in this loss of quality of life in these women, you get a very negative results of [breast cancer] screening since it does not affect your mortality.

    “So it is unequivocally harmful.”

    We Must STOP Screening

    We Must STOP Screening for Breast Cancer

    “We must stop this [screening for breast cancer]…”

    Prostate Cancer Screening

    We Must STOP Screening for Prostate Cancer Also

    “Just as we don’t recommend prostate cancer screening in Europe.”

    — Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD from the Cochrane Collaboration

    Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD cofounded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993.

    It is a non-profit organization of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.

    Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD is also the author of the wonderful book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.

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