Total Estrogen – Part 2: Mammography

Posted on February 19th, 2014

Is a total blood estrogen test more effective in preventing cancer than a mammogram?

Mammography seems to be very controversial these days and many medical authorities question whether it still has value or not. Wikipedia states that the goal of mammography is for the early detection of breast cancer. The Cochrane Collaborators believe that mammography is no longer effective and has been replaced by more updated tests. It has also been recognized that dense breast tissue can hide cancer and go unrecognized.

Mammography is thought to help 15% of the women that undergo the procedure; however the misdiagnosis and mental stress the procedure can cause, may not be worth the experience.

The US Preventative Task Force recommends that women between the ages of 50 and 74 should have a mammogram every two years. The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care and the European Cancer Conservancy recommend that women between the ages of 50 and 69 should have a mammogram done every 2 to 3 years.

Wikipedia lists the four categories of cancer that are found with mammography:
  1. Even with early cancer detection, the cancer is the type that could have been discovered later and still could have been treated successfully.
  2. The type of cancer that is so aggressive that even with early detection the outcome will be fatal.
  3. The type of cancer that will regress on its own which often leads to over diagnosis and over treatment.
  4. The type of cancer that is identified with early screening that leads to a successful treatment due to early detection.

As a clinical veterinary practitioner working with animal cancer patients for 50 years, I have discovered that they all have elevated total estrogen. Fully realizing this, I was able to measure total estrogen in dogs and cats as a preventative measure and a way to predict if they could develop cancer before it would actually happen. In this instance, it has been very simple, with proper endocrine immune supplementation, to correct this elevated total estrogen imbalance.

Like I mentioned in Part 1, the medical profession accepts the fact that estrogen will cause increased tissue growth. Unfortunately in human beings, only partial estrogen is measured in both men and women.

What I am suggesting is that a total estrogen should be done on both men and woman yearly. It is particularly important for women to help them avoid developing cancer including breast cancer. I have had the opportunity to be involved with human cancer patients, including breast cancer patients that had reduced or normal ovarian estrogens, but all had elevated total estrogen. As I mentioned in Part 1, adrenal estrogen is not included in the measurement of ovarian estrogens in woman or estradiol in men and in animals. Since total estrogen will provide an early warning sign, that can be corrected.

What I am suggesting for a woman, to determine if they have this predilection for producing cancer cells, is to have a total estrogen test done routinely or have the total estrogen test included with a general blood test, if a yearly physical is in order. Most human laboratories can do this for people but National Diagnostic Laboratories is the only laboratory in the U.S. that is doing this for animals.

This total estrogen test has never been suggested before, but it may pre-empt having a mammogram. The mammogram may identify a cancer that is already present, while the total estrogen test could prevent the cancer from even occurring.

Hopefully this is something that interests you enough that you may share it with your health care professional. Also any of you that are active in any cancer organizations or foundations, please have them contact me for more information.