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FMTV - The Promise

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.

Featuring:
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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Deborah Piper | 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Brilliant info! I did know about this from a paper written by the University of Berkeley, California who wrote that some of the side effects may outweigh the benefits, however they still thought that screening should go ahead!?! However it is not just mammograms where there is no real informed consent. I worked on a cancer ward and was told that patients should not be told of the toxic side effects of any of the cancer treatments in case they decide against that treatment. Same went for cannulating patients ready for chemo as there is a risk of ‘extravasation’ which means if the cannula has gone outside of the blood vessel it is meant to be in, the chemo could then flow straight into the tissues and that patient could lose their arm. I actually argued people should know this before accepting treatment but of course I was never going to win the argument....
Just so sad that the lovely lady who had all those mammograms has now passed away. Makes me feel so mad :(
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Kimberly Festa | 1 month ago
I went over 8 years with no mammography screenings and chose to obtain a ultrasound screening in its place. For years I was constantly being harassed by the both the Radiologist and the Canadian Cancer Society as to why I no longer wanted to undergo a mammography and that it was a huge risk to my heath. I followed up with my GP and asked him to look into medical journals as to whether or not ultrasounds would protect me and ensure that I was not making a bad decision. In the end the evidence at that time showed that mammography was a better tool in detecting future cancers and at that time I underwent a mammogram After watching your documentary I can successfully say that I will NOT be pursuing a mammogram ever again I will stick with my gut instinct and choose the ultrasound and I will be investing time into understanding thermography for future screenings. I want to Thank you so much for sharing this story and would love that you share it to the general public as I think we do not have enough information in Canada on this topic. Kim.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 month ago
Hi Tania! Thank you for sharing what you've experienced, we also agree that women need to know they have choices. I also recommend that you watch On Behalf of Our Breasts: The Dark Side of Screening here to know more about this topic: https://www.fmtv.com/watch/on-behalf-of-our-breasts. Sending you positive thoughts, Jasmin ❤️
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James Gower | 2 months, 1 week ago
no one gives a shit how painful it is, if its an effective test, this part of the film is patronising and unnecessary. All the other info is fab.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 2 months, 1 week ago
We greatly appreciate your feedback, James :) ~ Joyce
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James Gower | 2 months ago
Just a side note, the account says James but thats my hubby....this opinion comes from a woman who has experienced mammograms.......not any more though, thats for sure.
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Erica Craig | 2 months, 1 week ago
I am 30 and just so happened to stumble upon this 8 days prior to my first mammogram. I am so beyond grateful because I was given no information about a mammogram entails or the effects it could have on my body and I am a healthy person who has chest pains that are in my opinion more muscular based. I can't believe I almost exposed myself to this much radiation for probably zero reason, it is scary how fast here in Canada some doctors are to suggest this, even without a breast lump. Thank you for being a resource for knowledge FMTV!!!
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 2 months, 1 week ago
You are welcome, Erica. this is indeed an eye opener :) ~ Joyce
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Tania SCHNUPPE | 1 year, 2 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 | 1 year, 2 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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