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Mammograms don't find cancer before it metastasizes.
excerpt from Chapter Five of Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
by Susun Weed
Available at www.wisewomanbookshop.com
Breast cancers generally don't begin to metastasize until they contain
at least one million cells. It takes an ordinary breast cancer-one that
doubles every 100 days-about six years to grow that large.17 (Some very
slow breast cancers take 20 years to accumulate a million cells. A very
fast breast cancer can get there in a year.) But a million cells is
still only as big as the dot at the end of this sentence. And that's
undetectable by either touch or mammogram. (But not by intuition. I've
met several women who "felt" their cancers at this tiny size
but couldn't convince anyone they had cancer because the medical diagnostic
equipment, though technologically advanced, wasn't as perceptive as
their inner wisdom.)
By the time a cancer is big enough to be seen on a mammogram, it's
usually 8 years old, has 500 million cells, and is approximately one-quarter
inch (half a centimeter) long.18 It has been large enough to metastasize,
if it is going to, for a year or more. (Some breast cancers never metastasize,
no matter how large they get.)