If you’ve been alerted that you have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer, no doubt you will be told that having an enhanced MRI every year (in addition to a mammogram) is the best way to detect any tumors.
And to get this test done, you’ll be required to have a toxic dye containing a heavy metal – one that’s known to accumulate in your brain and other organs — injected into your bloodstream.
The problem is that this test is a real dud.
Even Dr. Otis Brawley, head of the American Cancer Society, said that he advises patients who will be getting an MRI to “ready themselves emotionally,” as it “delivers a lot of false positives.”
Despite that little detail, these MRIs have become routine preventative care for many women.
That’s why you’ve got to know what “high risk” might really mean, as well as how this seemingly simple test could put you in jeopardy for a whole lot of pain and suffering.
The real risks
Although experts such as Dr. Brawley have no qualms about now telling us how faulty this current MRI testing is, it continues to be pushed on women as some kind of surefire way to diagnose breast cancer.
Imagine being told to take a test that’s fully expected to be wrong! I know, it sounds unbelievable. And yet, that’s just the beginning.
That faulty test not only exposes you to unnecessary amounts of toxic contrast dye… it also sets you up for further testing (including numerous unnecessary biopsies).
And being put in that “high risk” category comes along with a laundry list of other possible horrors, including:
- A “preventative” double mastectomy, a procedure perhaps made most famous when actress Angelina Jolie had it done. Doctors appear to have no qualms about cutting out healthy breasts – but in your wildest dreams, could you ever imagine removing a healthy arm or leg?
- The prescription drug tamoxifen, which is used to treat breast cancer but is also given to supposedly ward off breast cancer. However, taking this drug is extremely risky, as it’s been found to actually cause cancer!
- An injection of the osteoporosis med Prolia, which is also used to “prevent” breast cancer. This is horribly dangerous as well, having been linked to bone fractures, “serious infections,” and “death” of the jawbone (and that’s only the short list of side effects).
There appears to be no end to the ordeals mainstream medicine will put you through!
But if you can’t imagine yourself being considered “high risk,” then you’re in the clear, right?
Well, by today’s mainstream medical standards, I bet it would be hard to find any woman who couldn’t be given that label. In fact, all it could take is being told that you have “dense breasts” or are simply over 50!
Even if you’ve never been previously diagnosed with breast cancer (including that non-cancer “cancer” called “ductal carcinoma in situ” … have never been found to have a genetic mutation (such as in what’s called the BRCA gene)… and have no family history of breast cancer… they could still tell you your risk is high.
Even if a close relative, such as your mom, sister or aunt is known to have a BRCA gene mutation, that could be enough to send your “risk” soaring.
If you’ve been told you’re at high risk for breast cancer, don’t just accept that sitting down. Get more details and do some research. Dense breast tissue, for instance, isn’t a disease. It’s a perfectly normal condition that may – or very well may not – increase your cancer risk.
And most definitely, never ever allow yourself to be given an “enhanced” MRI — one using a gadolinium-based contrast dye — to look for breast cancer or anything else.
Fortunately, there’s something new and improved in the works – an MRI test called “diffusion kurtosis imaging.” It’s said to reduce false positives by 70 percent… only takes around 10 minutes to complete… and doesn’t require a poisonous contrast dye.
I’m not sure when this new type of MRI will become widely available, but I’ll be following it closely and sharing any information with you as soon as I hear it.
“Newer breast MRI may be more accurate and easier” Serena Gordon, February 20, 2018, HealthDay, consumer.healthday.com