A Breast Test Beyond a Mammogram by Shelley Lesar

Posted by Insight Directory on 13 November 2008 in Alternative/Integrative Medicine

Breast Thermography - (Early breast cancer screening) Early Screen Thermography Integrative Wellness Center (916) 784-9355

Is there a test that could offer women true, early breast cancer detection, enough in advance to prevent invasive tumor growth?   What about a test that is radiation-free, pain-free and poses NO health risks to women?  

The usual way to track breast health is with a mammogram.  But, when women keep dying of breast cancer and we see the alarming percentages of breast cancer missed with mammograms, we must look at what else is available.  Instead of just detecting cancers, as with mammography, we need a tool that will warn far in advance that a cancer may be forming.  That tool is Digital Infrared Imaging (DII or Breast Thermography).  The use of DII is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue.  In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (known as neoangiogenesis).  This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast.  

DII uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature variations.  Because of the extreme sensitivity of DII, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.  

Current methods used to detect breast cancer depend on the combination of both physical examination and mammography. While this approach has become the mainstay of early breast cancer detection, mortality from this disease has gone relatively unchanged for 40 years. Since the prevention of breast cancer has not become a reality,  efforts must be directed at detecting breast cancer at its earliest stage.  As such, the addition of DII (Breast Thermography) to the frontline of early breast cancer detection brings a great deal of good news for women.

What makes DII so unique?  Unlike mammography and some other imaging modalities, DII does not require radiation, compression, or body contact.   As such, it is a very comfortable procedure which poses absolutely NO health risks to women.

Difficulties in reading mammograms can occur in women on hormone replacement, nursing, or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or enhanced breasts. These types of breast differences do not cause difficulties in reading digital infrared scans.

Studies show an abnormal infrared image as the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease. Consequently, in women with a persistent abnormal thermogram (but no cancer), the examination results become a marker of higher future cancer risk.  Re-examinations at appropriate intervals monitor the health of the breasts and gives a woman time to take a pro-active approach by initiating anti-carcinogenic lifestyle modifications, decreasing as many known risk factors as possible, and working with her healthcare provider to improve her breast health.  By maintaining close monitoring  breast health with repeat infrared imaging, self breast exams, clinical examinations, and other tests, a woman has a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.

Just as unique as a fingerprint, every woman has a particular infrared map of her breasts.  Any modification of this infrared map on serial imaging (images taken over months to years) can be an early sign of an abnormality.  If cancer is suspected, this information is used to direct further examinations and tests.  DII’s ability to determine a woman’s future risk for developing breast cancer, and its capability to frequently monitor this physiology with no health risks, is one of the most important advancements in the field of breast cancer screening and detection.

As is the case with mammography and all other imaging modalities, access to sophisticated technology and the expertise to interpret the findings are of prime importance.  When digitally produced, and interpreted by qualified doctors, abnormalities or changes in infrared images provide invaluable information in the screening process.   

The single greatest risk factor for the development of breast cancer is lifetime exposure to estrogen.  Breast thermography is the only known non-invasive procedure that can detect estrogen dominance in the breasts.  Since it has been determined that 1 in 7 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival.  If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible.

Breast cancers in younger women are usually more aggressive, have poorer survival rates and 30% of all breast cancers occur in women under 45.  Breast thermography offers younger women a sensitive non-invasive (no radiation and painless) addition to their regular breast health check-ups beginning with baseline screening at age 20. 

If a significant change in breast cancer mortality is to be realized, we have to rethink what screening tests truly are.  Are we currently providing "screening" or "detection"? A critical look at our current breast cancer screening strategy must be made.  A change from sole dependence upon procedures that only provide detection of existing cancers to technologies that reflect the early cancerous process itself provides women with true screening.  Thermography has this ability to act as an early warning system. Studies have shown that thermography has the ability to warn this process is underway 8-10 years before any other test can detect it - even before the cells become cancerous.  This makes thermography one test that no woman should be without.




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