Originally Posted by oldermamato5
Gitti,have you *ever* had a mammo? Tell me why you wouldn't get either a pap or a mammo now.
First off, I have a mother (and deceased grandmother) who never believed in either. As a matter of fact, both believe(ed) in very little doctoring. And neither ever had a pap or mammo.
Secondly, I read that women in Europe are encouraged to have mammograms done only every 2 years and after a certain age every 5 years. And they have a lot less cancer. What does that say? That mammograms cause cancer? I don't know. But I also read that the doctors in the US have very poor training in reading mammos and therefore send more women for follow ups or for biopsies.
I have read of women who've had lumps in their breasts, the OB suggested a biopsi, the ND suggested eliminating antiperspirant. The ND's suggestion worked. Why would I choose to follow an OB's advice?
Third, we have this whole thing about doctors being afraid of getting sued and so they would rather take out too much too soon than take a chance. Everyone accepts 'it was necessary'. But why do women in the US need such radical surgeries and surgeries per se much more often?
When I stopped getting mommos, I decided to stop paps as well. I had a questionable pap smear more than once. Every time it was very nerve wrecking. And yet, every time when I had it redone in a few months, it came back normal. It would have only taken one anxious doc to go ahead and do a more invasive procedure. How would I have known that in three months the test would have come back 'normal'.
At age 52 they put me on the hormone replacement patch. I had that patch stuck to me for 5 years thinking I was doing something good for my body. It was supposed to prevent osteoporosis, heart conditions, strokes, premature aging, beside hot flashes, etc. etc.
They did the women's study and it turned out the whole replacement patch was basically a fraud from the pharma. They halted the study early because the chances for strokes, heart attacks, osteoporosis etc. was INCREASED by so much. How did that make me feel? Like I had been used.
Well, I don't feel like being used any longer. I decided to do what my mother, grandmother, and certainly all the women before them in my family had done: rely on health.
Mammograms and pap smear are both invasive and unnatural. To each his own. But NO THANK YOU! for me.