A Documentary on Mammograms

A Documentary on Mammograms

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Quick Facts

πŸ” Overdiagnosis: Mammography led to 1.3 million U.S. women over-diagnosed and needlessly treated.
πŸ“š Personal Impact: Women narrate permanent harm due to questionable mammogram-related diagnoses.
πŸ”¬ Debunking Myths: Experts challenge the beliefs about mammograms’ “early detection” and “low radiation.”
🚨 Informed Choices: Larger and dense-breasted women not educated on mammogram risks.
🌑️ Alternative Tests: Thermography and ultrasound emerging as safer, painless screening methods.
πŸ’² Industry Influence: A $20-billion mammography industry, supported by insurance and government, hinders alternatives’ adoption.
πŸ“˜ Questionable Science: Corporate self-interests and dubious studies guide women to harmful screenings.
🎬 Production Background: “bOObs: The War on Women’s Breasts” is WayMark Productions’ first feature documentary, exploring mammography and new protocols.
πŸŽ₯ Filmmaker Profile: Megan S. Smith, with a background in molecular genetics and investigative journalism, directs her focus on health issues through her company, WayMark Productions.

bOObs: The War on Women’s BreastsΒ is a 2020 documentary film that investigates the controversy surrounding mammography as a breast cancer screening test. Here are the key details about the film:

It exposes how mammograms have led to over-diagnosing and over-treating an estimated 1.3 million U.S. women over a 30-year period for breast cancers that may not have spread. The film features heart-breaking stories from women who were permanently maimed following questionable diagnoses and treatments stemming from mammogram results.

Medical experts in the film scientifically debunk the myths of “early detection” and “low radiation” associated with mammograms, which are promoted by cancer associations, women’s health groups, and government agencies worldwide. It highlights how mammograms expose women, especially those with large or dense breasts, to increased risk of radiation-induced cancers due to the high radiation doses required.

The documentary presents thermography and ultrasound as a preferred protocol for breast cancer screening – thermography can detect cancer precursors years before a tumor forms, and neither test uses radiation. However, the $20 billion mammography industry, facilitated by insurance companies and government agencies, prevents the widespread use of these alternative screening tools.

The film exposes how questionable science in medical journals and self-interests of large corporations are largely responsible for pushing women towards mammography screening. It was written, produced and directed by Megan S. Smith and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio.