Life is about balance; even too much of a “good thing” can be bad for you. Case in point, CT scans. Thanks to the invention of computerized axial tomography (or CT scans) we are able to see and diagnose more, but at what cost? After all, we are still pumping harmful radiation into our bodies. 

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The same goes for mammography. While medicine’s desire to see what’s going on inside of the breast is good, did you know that even a little bit of radiation to the breast, every year, is bad?

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In the video below, Dr. Greger asks what the risk-benefit ratio of the cancers picked up by mammograms and the cancers caused by mammograms are and then ponders if they are worth it. (Hint: They aren’t. Especially since thermography is a safe and effective way to monitor breast health.)

*Video originally appeared at Nutrition Facts.

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