Sunday, June 26, 2005

Today....i would like to give you a short course in reading scientific studies.

You may have read that “The National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Prevention Trial reported that there was a 49 percent decrease in the incidence of breast cancer in women who took tamoxifen for five years.”

The truth is that according to the study, your odds of getting breast cancer without using tamoxifen was only 1.3%, and with tamoxifen it dropped to .68%. That represents a 49% difference between the two numbers (as cited), but just a little over one-half of one-percent difference (.62%) in real terms.

Always ask questions.

And remember this.

There is always a downside to pharmaceuticals. Tamoxifen's downside is that it can cause cancer of the uterus, ovaries, and gastrointestinal tract. In 1996, a division of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, declared tamoxifen a Group I carcinogen for the uterus.

Is that risk worth a .62% difference in getting breast cancer?

Yet because of that deceptive 49% statistic millions of women have taken tamoxifen for five years as advised. Doctors have recommended it......Insurance companies have paid for it.....and the pharmaceutical company has marched to the i was saying......the western medical system is broken.

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