Rethink Pink: Forgo the Mammogram? with Astrik Vardanyan
October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Every 3 minutes in the U.S. alone a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
We see pink ribbons on highway banners, cosmetic containers, buckets of fried chicken, oil-drilling bits, bottled water, postage stamps and so much more, not only in October (Breast Cancer Awareness ™ Month) now year round. But did you know:
- Physical exercise can reduce the risk of dying of cancer by up to 50% (even after your diagnosis)
- Vitamin A and Vitamin D are nature’s most potent cancer fighters! and can reduce your risk of getting cancer by 78%
- Soy products are breast-cancer magnets! Unfermented, non-organic soy should be avoided.
- Bras with underwires? Ditch ‘em! Nasty stuff! Just throw that out!
- In 1960 1 in 20 women were diagnosed. Today it’s 1 in 8.
- 80 percent of breast lumps are non-cancerous.
- 80 percent of women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer
Harms of Mammography
Millions of women undergo them annually, but few are even remotely aware of just how many dangers they are exposing themselves to in the name of prevention, not the least of which are misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis and the promotion of breast cancer itself.
Now, mounting data from most reputable scientific sources has established that the false-positives and the false negatives of mammograms make them notoriously unreliable. Thus, if overall, mammography is not a high standard diagnostic tool, is it harmful?
- How many of you have been assured that mammogram radiation is low dose and trivial and is similar to chest X-ray or being under the sun for an hour or flying from east coast to west. A mammogram delivers about 1,000 times more radiation than a chest x-ray. The standard of taking four films of each breast, 1 rad (radiation absorbed dose) focused on each breast rather than the entire chest results in 1,000-fold greater exposure.[x]
- Mammography entails tight and painful compression of the breast tissue,
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement reveals that Americans’ exposure to radiation has increased more than 600 percent over the last three decades. Most of that increase has come from patients’ exposure to radiation through medical imaging scans such as CT scans and mammograms.[xi]
- Since mammographic screening was introduced, the incidence of a form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased by 328 percent. Two hundred percent of this increase is allegedly due to mammography. The increase in incidence for women under the age of 40 has gone up over 3000%. [xii]
- If a woman has yearly mammograms from age 55 to 75, she will receive a minimum of 20 rads of radiation. Women surviving the blast in Hiroshima absorbed 35 rads.
- Despite the aggressive mammography screenings and mega billions of dollars of expenditure “90% of women who develop breast carcinoma discover the tumors themselves.”[xiii]
- The National Cancer Institute released evidence that, among women under 35, mammography could cause 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies.
Taking into consideration the evidence against mammography, the Swiss Medical Board became the first medical body to abolish mammography screening.[xiv]
Astrik Vardanyan, brilliantly shares from her thorough research on the subject of breast health. Discover information that you need to know on this important subject! Discover better, safer alternatives for breast cancer detection, too.
Please plan to arrive between 7:00 – 7:15 pm to meet Astrik and mingle. (We will also share a delicious little snack that has great benefit for its protective properties against breast and prostate cancer!) Astrik’s presentation starts promptly at 7:30.
Astrik Vardanyan, is a Medical Anthropologist, CEO and the co-founder of haikProject. Vardanyan’s anthropological research emphasis is comparative child rearing practices of various cultures of the world. She propagates attachment parenting style and advocates for more “natural” birth and childcare practices.
Astrik has worked in Armenia and shared her expertise through academic lectures for physicians and nurses. In collaboration with various Armenian urological and pediatric associations, she acted as research associate in the development of public health policy by drafting the “Guidelines for Normal and Pathological Foreskin Conditions,” a policy statement in 2010.
However, as haikProject’s founder, Astrik believes that while Armenia is a top priority for most organizations and individuals, there are urgent issues in our own communities here that are largely unacknowledged and neglected.
To outreach to younger generations and parents (to-be) in our own community, Astrik holds regular community seminars as part of haikProject’s “5 Issues of Childbirth Childcare” series.
Astrik Vardanyan gives lectures for students at universities, authors publications and participates in academic forums. She also generously provides free individual counseling for members of haikProject.
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