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The Promise

Runtime: 60m 02s | Release date: 2013

Despite 25 years of determined efforts made by the NHS to reduce the rate of breast cancer deaths and new breast cancer cases by detecting the disease early with mammography, breast cancer cases have risen to epidemic proportions. It is now estimated that one in every eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 12,000 will die.

This documentary investigates the world of routine breast screening (mammography) from its conception in 1987 to the modern day. We examine the benefits and risks associated with mammography and ask why the NHS has dismissed other available methods of medically recognised screening tests.

Our investigations reveal that grave concerns were raised by senior NHS personnel from the very beginning of routine mammography but ignored by those in authority. It was decided early on by the NHS national screening committee that women should NOT be informed of the known dangers of mammography. This meant that no woman could exercise her ethical and legal right to informed consent.

While mammography is still promoted by radiographers, radiologists and the government as the gold standard of breast screening, there is a growing concern that it may not be fulfilling its promise.

As new evidence emerges highlighting the failings of mammography, a growing number of eminent doctors and medical researchers are voicing their concerns. Some are warning that the procedure can actually cause harm and induce cancer, the very disease it is meant to prevent. Others point out that the rates of over-diagnosis are unacceptable as it creates cancer patients out of healthy women who are diagnosed with a condition called Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS).

DCIS is not a cancer and may never develop into a cancer, but surprisingly the NHS recommendation of treatment for DCIS is lumpectomy or mastectomy usually followed by radiotherapy and possible long-term treatment with drugs.

Carole Malone
Prof. Peter Gǿtzsche
Prof. Andrew Evans Honorary
Prof. Mike Baum
Prof. Sir Mike Richards
Lynne Mc Taggart
Dr. Sarah Myhill
Prof. Ken Young
Dr. Patrick Kingsley
Alison Payne
Sue Massey
Debbie Jones
Lisa Coombes
Karen Sutton
Dr. Iona Heath
Duonne Alexander
Dr. Adele Farrell
Gabby Mottershead
Dr. Tom Hudson
Dr. Art Tucker
Bill Bradford


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Tania SCHNUPPE | 11 months ago
This happened to me. i had non aggressive DCIS, I asked if I could be monitored and wait 6 months and the doctor said no, I would not wait longer than a month. 3 years later I found that my procedure of mastectomy and lat dorsi flap reconstruction which leaves me scared every day. Every day I am reminded as a toxic implant is now in place and my muscle that was raped from my back put on my breast. I feel my muscle every day in the wrong place. Its barbaric. Girls and women diagnosed with DCIS must know about this and be given the choice. I would love to hear from others like me. I have a lot of anger against doctors now, and I would never ever have a mammogram again. I would also never take any drugs let alone any chemo or radiation. My health is in my hands now. I detox every day and I have changed 360 degrees in mind and body. I turned vegan too which from my research reduces the chance of the top 15 degrees. Looking forward to hearing from others on this topic. Hope this has been helpful. One day I will reverse the lat dorsi - so for this has never been done.Tania
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 11 months ago
Hi Tania! Thank you for sharing what you've experienced. I also agree that women need to watch this film and they need to know they have choices. Sending you positive thoughts, Jasmin ❤️
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sarah redding | 1 year ago
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Have already used the app on this phone and all other apps working fine.
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Thasmeena Abdulla | 1 year ago
I had issues playing videos on the app, I suggest you try accessing the website on the browser!
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 year ago
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Clodagh Cahill | 1 year, 1 month ago
I think this gives us something to explore further. Thank you for highlighting possible alternatives.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Clodagh! Thanks for watching and appreciating the message of the film. ~ Jasmin
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Sue Johnson | 1 year, 4 months ago
I have been a mammography tech in the US for 17 years. While I will not comment about my thoughts about our screening process being right or wrong, I will say that I hate the FEAR factor that doctors put into patients. When a mammogram comes back with a possible abnormality, the initial thought for patients is they have cancer. There are many benign processes that can occur in our breast tissue that ultimately do not lead to anything harmful down the road, but physicians want patients to immediately make decisions to do things that I feel patients should take time to investigate and explore their options. Also, taking care of our bodies is THE best protection against any cancer, eating right, keeping our weight within range etc, but no physicians want to mention that to patients either. It will be interesting to see how mammography changes in the next 10 years. Already our screening process for women age 40 and up has changed from yearly to every other year after the age of 55.
Best of health to all!
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 year, 4 months ago
Hi Sue! Cancer is really a scary word. This film indeed gives women information and options to take their health back into their own hands. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Warmly, Jasmin ❤
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Tammy A. Hughes | 1 year, 5 months ago
Thank you so much for making this documentary available. I had my first mammogram at the age of 50 and have to say it was a very painful experience. It did not show any abnormalities, and my family doctor said that for my type of breast tissue he felt the efficacy of this form of screening was questionable. I have been feeling, as I approach my 55th birthday, neglectful of my health for not going for another one, but the thought of going through that again was simply not acceptable. After watching this film, I am very relieved that I postponed having another one for so long! I will definitely look into thermography as my preferred method of screening. I will also be sharing this documentary with ALL of my friends and family. Thank you again for such valuable information about effective alternatives that are available if you know to look for them.

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