FDA warns doctor who claims thermograms are better than mammograms
Apr 26, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to Dr. Joseph Mercola of Chicago, who runs a widely-read website claiming that a thermograms are better than mammograms for breast cancer screening, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.
Mercola's website says the following, according to the news source: "If you’re female, please don’t go the mammogram route. Consider thermography part of your annual health prevention regimen."
However, the FDA is saying that Mercola violates federal law by tauting a method not federally approved.
Mercola says that he will fight the FDA about the use of thermograms.
About one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life, according to the American Cancer Society. Mammograms are recommended by federal agencies and official policies indicate that women over the age of 40 should receive mammograms each year, in order to uncover potential breast tumors.
Younger women can also develop breast cancer. Thus, self-exams and clinical breast exams are crucial.