Why I will never do another Mammogram again!

What if there was a test for cancer that could detect possible tumors 10 years prior to a lump developing?  Wouldn’t that be helpful tool for early diagnosis?  

                 
                                               Yes, of course it would!  

breast thermograhy

 

What if this test was simple, nontoxic and didn’t cause any discomfort? Woo hoo!  What a nice alternative uncomfortable, unpleasant mammograms! 


 Women would love this!

 

What if I told you this technology exists today?  Wouldn’t you want to know about it…?       

 Here’s where we’re at with our current detection system and why I have zero to little faith in mammograms…


#1 The Issue: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and is the leading killer of women aged 35-54.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in the US, making it three times more common than other gynecological cancers.

Breast cancer will claim the lives of 40,000 people this year.

Even more disturbing is the speed at which breast cancer rates have risen over the past 5 decades.

These statistics are completely heartbreaking and unacceptable…shouldn’t we be winning the war on cancer by now and have better ways to diagnose cancer before it’s too late for effective treatment?

#2 Mammograms, our current method of detection, detects cancer too late in the process to improve survival rates:  By the time an abnormality (lump) can be felt or detected, it is likely the tumor has been growing for years, as most breast cancers take 8-10 years to grow to the size of one centimeter. After reaching this size, it typically takes only 1.5 additional years to grow to the size of 3.5 cm (about 1.375 inches).  Did you know that cancer can take this long to develop into a mass you can actually feel?  I was very surprised to learn this.  How much more successful would we be in reversing cancer if we were able to diagnose 5, 8 or even 10 years earlier than we can now?

#3 Mammograms use radiation and compress breast tissue causing potential damage and the ability for cancer cells to migrate.  You may or may not be aware of this, but mammograms use ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which can contribute to the mutations that can lead to breast cancer. You can get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays. Isn’t this contradictory to the sole purpose of the scan?  Why are we using a detection device that could possible cause the one thing we are trying to defeat?

Another problem with mammograms is the compressing of the breast tissue between the plates.  This process (the one we all hate) could actually lead to a dangerous spread of cancerous cells, should they exist, thus migrating the cancer to other parts of your body.

#4 Mammograms are known for false positive and false negative outcomes; they are inconsistent.  Mammograms only detect 60-80% of cancers.  They have also been known to detect false negatives, which cause stress and unneeded treatment procedures, including expensive repeat screenings, exposing you to even more radiation, and can sometimes result in unnecessary invasive procedures such as biopsies, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

So what’s a girl to do…Well, Here’s an option I found and love…Thermography!!!

Thermography offers some fascinating results and is one of the preventative scans I used and still use to evaluate my current health condition.

So, what is Thermography?  Here’s an excerpt from the International Academy of Clinical Thermography website for a brief introduction.  Here’s the full link if you’d like to visit the website directly: http://www.iact-org.org/patients/breastthermography/what-is-breast-therm.html

 

Breast thermography is a diagnostic procedure that images the breasts to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.The procedure is based on the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth. In order to do this they increase circulation to their cells by sending out chemicals to keep existing blood vessels open, recruit dormant vessels, and create new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast.State-of-the-art breast thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes.

The procedure is both comfortable and safe using no radiation or compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered using any other procedure. This provides for the earliest detection of cancer possible. Because of breast thermography’s extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations and vascular changes may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.(3,6,7,8,9)

 

Wow, this is positive news!  Thermography is a safe and comfortable tool, using no radiation or compression AND may detect metabolic activity up to 10 years before any other detection procedure (including mammography). Did you know about this scan?  Most people have no idea that thermography exists.  It is not a recognized scan for preventative medicine at this point in time.  One day, I hope it will be utilized in main stream medicine, but until then, you can do your own research and have the scan done for yourself.  I would highly recommend it! Click here to find a qualified clinic utilizing this wonderful technology.

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