When it comes to screening for breast cancer, most women believe that mammograms are the best and only method. However, what they don't realize is that there is a safer and more effective strategy that is relatively unheard of. Infrared Thermography has been used as a scientific method of screening for early cancer cells in not only the breast tissue, but the entire body.
Breast Thermography locates physiologically active tissue that may be hot due to angioneogenesis, the development of new blood vessels that feed tumors; or inflammation associated with the tumor process. Cancer metabolism usually produces more heat compared to normal adjacent tissue and can be monitored for baseline comparison. Breast thermography proportionally detects the rise in skin temperature and the possible growth of cancer cells.
1. Suitable for younger women.
Breast thermography can detect new blood supply from tumor growth, up to 10-15 years before a mammogram. Mammograms are not recommended for screening before the age of 40, however most cancer cells begin to develop in the 20's and 30's. Breast Thermography Institute recommends breast thermography screening yearly for all women beginning at 20 years of age. It should be the first choice for pre-menopausal women whose breasts tend to be denser. Thermography can differentiate fibrocystic tissue, scars or breast implants from that of cancerous cells. Mammograms tend to have trouble differentiating cells in fibrous tissue.
2. Detect cell changes outside of the breast region.
Many times pre-cancerous cells can start forming from the other areas of the body. This is common from areas such as the armpit due to use of deodorants and the concentration of lymph nodes in that area. The mouth is also another common area that cancer will spread via the lymph nodes to the breast tissue. Infrared thermography can often see where the cancer may be coming from or what areas are may be affected. Mammography is not the best method to use for screening outside of the breast region, the armpit area included.
3. Great as an adjunct test and monitoring.
Diagnosis of breast cancer cannot be made through any one method. Only a biopsy can confirm cancer cells. However, screening tools can be an effective strategy to decide whether or not a biopsy is even necessary. Thermography is a great adjunct test due to its accuracy and early detection ability. Should you discover a lump from your self-examination, a thermography will be able to give you a more conclusive diagnosis as to the type of lump/growth it is. If there is excessive blood supply, it may be necessary to then move on to using an ultrasound, mammogram, or biopsy.
The best part is thermography can be done as often as every 3-6 months to see if the treatment or care plan is working. This is especially important for individuals who are wanting to first try a natural route. A scan can be performed to monitor the changes over time without putting any radiation into the body.
4. It is painless and radiation-free!
As you may have experienced or heard from other women, the pressure of a mammogram machine is equivalent to putting a 50-pound weight to compress your breasts. This can be extremely uncomfortable and is especially traumatic for women who have small breasts.
It doesn’t make sense to use high exposure to radiation from mammography to find what we know is caused by radiation! Especially when thermography and ultrasound have a 97% accuracy with identifying malignant tumors!
With thermography, you will be required to sit in front of the camera which detects infrared waves that are emitting from your body. Thermography is non-contact, non-invasive, uses no painful breast compression, nor emits any harmful radiation.
5. It is 100% safe!
Infrared waves emit naturally from all living things. They provide information about the function of your cells which can be detected using an expensive and highly sensitive metallic lens. Thermography is so safe that it can be used on pregnant and nursing women without any side effects whatsoever. It’s merely taking an image of your body heat, like shooting a photo!
Where Can I get my Thermal Scan?
Since Infrared thermography is not covered by insurance, there are not many doctors who offer this as a service. However at an average cost of $249 - 400, most women feel it is a small price to pay for peace of mind and non-invasive monitoring. In addition, there are only a few reputable companies such as BTI, that offer medical readings of images. Finding an Infrared Center may be difficult, however you can find a scanning location near you by going to www.BTIscan.com.
Near Warren, Michigan?
Dr. Joshua M. Henk and Dr. Kenzie Henk are clinical thermographers that are able to perform these scans and include a wellness program. You can schedule an appointment for thermography in Warren, MI by calling the phone number below.
Free Informational Session on Feb 21st, 2019 @ 7 PM.
Transcendence Family Wellness Center
5701 Chicago Rd. Warren, MI 48092
(586) 943 - 0584
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