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The Mammogram Scam


by Sydney Ross Singer, Medical Anthropologist
      Director, Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease

 
bout 20 years ago, when I was in medical school, I remember reading about the bold   experiment our culture was about to undertake to deal with the rising tide of breast   cancer. Without having any knowledge as to the cause of this disease, which would allow    true breast cancer prevention, it was reasoned that the best alternative to prevention   was early detection and treatment. Towards this end, a massive mammogram   experiment began.

I paid little attention to this at the time. Breast cancer was not a personal issue for me,  and the theory that early detection and treatment was the best option seemed   reasonable. In the absence of knowing the cause of a disease, all you can do is hope you    don't get it, and look for early signs to attack the problem before it is too late.

When my wife discovered a lump in her breast, the issue took on a new meaning. She was   pregnant at the time, and we were reluctant to go through the radiation of a   mammogram. We were also wary of the next steps in the process. Once a suspicious lump   is discovered, there will be a biopsy. A biopsy can spread cancer, since tumors grow   within a capsule that contains the malignant cells. Piercing the capsule to get a tissue  sample with a biopsy, even using only a needle, can spread the cancer cells throughout   the breast and the rest of the body. So a biopsy could make things worse. And then there are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, none of which were acceptable to us. What nagged at us most was the big question of WHY? Why did this lump develop? Without  understanding the cause of the problem, how could we effectively cure it or prevent it from happening again?

The medical industry offered no answers to the question of WHY. The cause of breast cancer, they said, has something to do with genetics, and lifestyle, although they admit they cannot explain the cause for over 70% of all breast cancer cases. Without knowing more, they said, all you can do is look for the tumor and treat it as soon as possible. Getting regular mammograms, they insisted, was the best a woman can do.

ARTICLES ON THE
 CAUSES OF BREAST CANCER

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras   By Jeff Rockel
Bra Cancer   By Sydney Ross Singer
Exporting Breast Cancer, One Bra At A Time   By Sydney Ross Singer
Bra and Breast Cancer Cover-Up
By Sydney Ross Singer
The Mammogram Scam
By Sydney Ross Singer
The Breast Defense Against Violence - Ban the Bra
By Sydney Ross Singer
Bra VS Breast Cancer: Whom Do I Believe?  By Ken L. Smith, BHF
The Purpose of the Bra
By Ken L. Smith, BHF
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Could There Possibly Be a Link Between Underwire Bras and Breast Cancer?
By Dr. Habib Sadeghi D. O. .

 
They Never Mention The Bra!
By Ken L. Smith, BHF

 

Of course, you cannot prevent a disease by looking for it. Once you find it, you've got it. Early detection means you have cancer. This is not prevention, despite claims made in the propaganda campaign to get women to comply with mammogram guidelines.

It is not usually mentioned in that propaganda that mammograms use potentially dangerous x-rays, which are known to cause cancer. Exposure to radiation is also cumulative, which means the chances of these x-rays causing cellular mutation increases with each new exposure. And recent research has shown that false positives have resulted in unnecessary surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, not to mention the psychological trauma to women and their families resulting from a false cancer diagnosis and treatment.

There are also false negatives. Radiologists have to interpret the mammogram, and they make mistakes. Some may not see a mass, giving the woman a false sense of security.

Surely, if a woman has cancer in her breasts, it is best to detect and treat it early. That would be true for all cancers in all parts of the body. But does this justify a massive program to get women to routinely submit to x-rays as a screening procedure for disease? Would it make sense, for example, for men to routinely get their testes irradiated with x-rays to look for a tumor? Should we all get annual brain x-rays to scan for tumors? Some people may be saved by this. But most people will be harmed, not only by the x-rays themselves, but also by going through unnecessary treatment caused by false positive results.

Clearly, it is best to know the cause of a disease instead of looking for its early signs for early treatment. However, once a disease detection and treatment industry develops around a disease, as it has for breast cancer, there becomes an impediment to discovering the cause, since this could undermine that industry. I discovered first hand that this is exactly what has happened with mammograms and breast cancer.

You see, the cause of breast cancer is really not a mystery, except to those who rely on the cancer treatment industry for their information. According to research my wife and I conducted, most breast cancer is caused by the excessive wearing of tight bras. This should not be a surprise to anyone. If you constrict any part of the body, it will impair circulation and cause tissue degeneration. Bras are tight by design. Pumped up cleavage and other breast shaping is achieved by constant pressure being applied to the soft breast tissue. This impairs the flow of the lymphatic system, causing fluid and toxins to accumulate within the breast tissue, which could lead to pain, tenderness, cysts, fibrocystic breast disease, and, ultimately, cancer.

Tight clothing has been implicated in other diseases. Corsets killed women for centuries by constriction and compression. Foot binding in China deformed and decayed feet to satisfy men's foot fetish. Now, women bind their breasts in bras. Is it any wonder that breast disease is rampant in bra wearing cultures, and virtually absent in bra-free ones?

What is surprising, and shocking, is that breast cancer researchers have ignored this effect of wearing bras. You would think that the first thing to research with regards to breast disease would be the bra, just as the first thing you would research with regards to foot disease would be tight shoes. Of course, the link between smoking and lung cancer, which now seems obvious, was ignored for over 30 years after the first study showed the connection.

What is most shocking is the suppression of this life saving information about bras causing breast cancer. Once the bra/cancer link was publicized in 1995 in the book, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, the only response from the cancer industry was condemnation and denial. Follow-up research we conducted in Fiji, published in the book, Get it Off! Understanding the Cause of Breast Pain, Cysts, and Cancer, showing that the only women getting breast cancer there were those wearing bras, was also ignored. A study done in 1991 by Harvard researchers which showed bra-free women had a much lower incidence of breast cancer, was also ignored or disparaged. A 2009 China study that shows wearing a bra to sleep increases cancer rates is also being ignored.  And numerous studies expose other health problems caused by bras, including breast pain, back pain, neck pain, numbness and tingling in the arms, skin rashes from chemicals leeching out of the material, skin depigmentation, and more.

The bra industry, of course, has been trying to call the bra/cancer link a "myth", and has adopted a perverse campaign to promote breast cancer research through bra sales and bra art events. However, they have also announced their finding that most women wear the wrong size bra, usually too tight a bra, and they are recommending professional fittings to avoid the health hazards of constriction. (Of course, there is no such thing as a well fitted push-up bra, which is constrictive by design.) Numerous bra manufacturers worldwide have now gone past the denial and are actively promoting the bra/cancer information to sell newly designed and patented bras which they allege can avoid the damage to the lymphatic system caused by other bras.

Most importantly, many women who have heard about the hazards of bras have voluntarily chosen to go bra-free, and their breast health improved dramatically within weeks, if not days. Fibrocystic breast disease should be called "Tight Bra Syndrome". In the U.K., women are now getting bra fittings at health clinics, since it was shown that most women seeking breast reduction surgery for breast pain and cysts are suffering from too tight a bra. Clearly, it is better to remove the bra than to surgically remove all or part of the breast.

While this discovery of the bra link is good news for women who wish to prevent breast cancer, it is bad news for the medical industry that is invested in detecting and treating this disease.

I first ran into this disturbing fact in 1995, when our research first came out. We were interviewed by Dateline, an NBC television program. At first, it was going to be an expose of our work, trying to make fun of the idea that bras, an icon of femininity, could be linked to cancer. However, the show's producer found a medical historian who backed up our theory, congratulating us on resurrecting the role of the lymphatic system impairment as a cause of cancer, something which had been understood but forgotten over the decades. You would think this would have helped us, but it ended up killing the story. According to the producer, Dateline has a policy to not air any stories that threaten any of the interests of its parent company, which in the case of NBC is General Electric. As it happens, GE is a manufacturer of mammography machines.

Could the profits of mammography trump the interest in preventing this disease? Before you think the question too cynical, consider the following.

Hoping to do another study to test the bra/cancer theory, (since no other medical research institute, non-profit organization, or governmental body was interested in doing any studies to either refute or support our findings), I approached a radiology practice here in Hawaii, where I live. My hope was to ask a group of volunteers with fibrocystic breast disease to go bra-free and to use ultrasounds to document any changes in their size and number of cysts over time. The head of the practice was impressed with the bra/lymphatic impairment theory, and was interested in doing a study. However, after asking his partners for their approval, my proposed research was rejected. As he explained it, they just purchased a new mammography machine, which cost a lot of money, and they were concerned that, if the bra issue was proven correct, women would just stop wearing bras and get fewer mammograms.

So it seems that if you either manufacture or use mammography machines, you prefer women coming for mammograms rather than changing their lifestyles to avoid breast cancer.

The cancer industry has succeeded in making mammography a given fact of Western culture by censoring, suppressing, and ignoring the cause of most cases of breast cancer. And now, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors, has declared the mammogram experiment a failure, women scream for their mammograms. They have become hooked on detection, brainwashed by the very industry that profits from their fear and lack of information, and which, through annual fundraising drives and awareness programming, keep women coming to irradiate their breasts to find tumors in the name of prevention.

It all began as a social experiment to promote detection and early treatment in the absence of knowing the cause. It evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry that now has to protect itself from the cause.
 

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Sydney Ross Singer is a medical anthropologist, Director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, and co-author of the numerous groundbreaking books exposing the cultural/lifestyle causes of disease, including the bestseller, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery/Penguin Putnam, 1995: ISCD Press, 2005). He works with his wife and assistant, Soma Grismaijer, and offers an online do-it-yourself lifestyle research website, http://www.SelfStudyCenter.org .

Sydney Ross Singer can be reached at the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease,
P.O.Box 1880, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778  (808) 935-5563.