Laura Esserman, M.D., professor of surgery and radiology at UC San Francisco stated, “There is a lot of uncertainty in medicine. But we shouldn’t let that lead to more intervention. Less screening isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” There’s a moral to this story—detection is not prevention.
The dispute over screening guidelines obscures the elephant in the room: environmental causes of cancer. In the past two decades, scientists have demonstrated that most breast cancer is linked to environmental toxicants. These carcinogens represent all involuntary exposures to pesticides, chemicals, cleaning agents, radiation, and second-hand tobacco smoke. Two major pathways for these toxicants involve hormonal disruption and damage to our DNA.