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The ACS has close connections to the mammography industry (39).
have served as ACS presidents, and in its every move, the ACS promotes
the interests of the major manufacturers of mammogram machines
including Siemens, DuPont, General Electric, Eastman Kodak, and
Piker. The mammography industry also conducts research for the
ACS and its grantees,
serves on advisory boards, and donates considerable funds. DuPont
a substantial backer of the ACS Breast Health Awareness Program;
television shows and other media productions touting mammography;
advertising, promotional, and information literature for hospitals,
organizations, and doctors; produces educational films; and, of
Congress for legislation promoting availability of mammography
virtually all its important actions, the ACS has been and remains
with the mammography industry, while ignoring or attacking the
viable alternatives (39).
ACS promotion continues to lure women of all ages into mammography
centers, leading them to believe that mammography is their best
breast cancer. A leading Massachusetts newspaper featured a photograph
women in their twenties in an ACS advertisement that promised early
results in a cure "nearly 100 percent of the time." An
director, questioned by journalist Kate Dempsey, admitted in an
by the Massachusetts Women's Community's journal Cancer, "The
ad isn't based
on a study. When you make an advertisement, you just say what you
can to get
women in the door. You exaggerate a point. . . . Mammography today
is a lucrative
[and] highly competitive business" (39).
Mammography is a striking paradigm of the capture of unsuspecting
run-away powerful technological and pharmaceutical global industries,
complicity of the cancer establishment, particularly the ACS, and
mainstream media. Promotion of the multibillion dollar mammography
industry has also become a diversionary flag around which legislators
women's product corporations can rally, protesting how much they
women, while studiously avoiding any reference to avoidable risk
factors of breast
cancer, let alone other cancers.
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Excerpted from “Dangers
and Unreliability of Mammography: Breast Examination is a Safe,
Effective and Practical Alternative”,
by Samuel S. Epstein, Rosalie Bertell,
and Barbara Seaman, International Journal of Health Services, Volume
31, Number 3, 2001
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health, M/C 922
2121 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612