Screening Found Ineffective
occurrence of breast cancer has dramatically increased in the
past 50 years and the medical establishment encourages the use
of annual mammogram screenings as a woman’s best option
for early detection. In fact, for more than 30 years it’s
been the unquestioned, standard screening device used by the medical
community. While mammography may be useful in certain situations,
it has many disturbing drawbacks.
With toxic radiation, mammogram testing compresses sensitive breast
tissue causing pain and possible tissue damage. To make matters
worse, the false negative and false positive rates of mammography
are a troubling 30% and 89% respectively. Another concern is that
many breast cancers occur below the armpits; however, mammography
completely misses this auxiliary region, viewing only the breast
tissue compressed between two plates of glass. Considering these
drawbacks, breast thermography should be given closer consideration.
Thermography (also called thermology) is a little-known technique
for breast cancer
detection that’s been available since the 1960s. It’s
non-invasive and non-toxic, using an infrared camera to measure
thermal emissions from the entire chest and auxiliary regions.
Cancerous tissue develops a blood supply to feed a growing tumor,
and the abnormal blood vessel formations generate significantly
more heat than the surrounding healthy tissue. The infrared camera
detects the differences in heat emitted from abnormal tissue (including
malignancies, benign tumors and fibrocystic disease), as compared
to normal tissue. There is no physical contact with the patient,
who stands several feet away from the camera while a technician
takes a series of images.
A second set of images is taken following a “cold challenge”.
The patient places her hands in ice cold water for one minute
causing healthy tissue to constrict while the abnormal tumor tissue
remains hot. The infrared scanner easily distinguishes the difference,
and these images are compared with the first set for confirmation.
Thermography can detect abnormalities before the onset of a malignancy,
and as early as ten years before being recognized by other procedures
such as manual breast exam, mammography, ultrasound or MRI. This
makes it potentially life-saving for women who are unknowingly
developing abnormalities, as it can take several years for a cancerous
tumor to develop and be detected by mammogram. Its accuracy is
also impressive, with false negative and false positive rates
at 9% for each. Thermography is also an effective way to establish
a baseline for comparison with future scans; therefore, women
should begin screening by the age of 25.
Although widely embraced by alternative health care practitioners,
thermography’s obscurity in the mainstream means that too
many women rely on mammograms as their only option. There are
several reasons for thermography’s lack of support by the
conventional medical community. Early thermal scanners were not
very sensitive, nor were they well-tested before being used in
clinical practice. This resulted in many misdiagnosed cases and
its utter dismissal by the medical community. Since then the technology
has advanced dramatically and thermography now uses highly sensitive
state-of-the-art infrared cameras and sophisticated computers.
A wealth of clinical research attests to its high degree of sensitivity
and accuracy. In 1982, the FDA approved thermography for breast
cancer screening, yet most of the medical establishment is
either unaware of it or still associates it with its early false
start. Since most women are also uninformed of the technology
there is no pressure on the medical community to support it.
This author - who knows from first-hand experience the physical
and emotional trauma of mammography as well as the passive and
comforting accuracy of thermal scanning – would have been
spared from years of radiation exposure with an earlier knowledge
of thermography. The importance of education and awareness of
this technology cannot be overstated.
When a thermographic report is negative, annual monitoring is
essential to note any changes as early as possible. A positive
report should be discussed with a health care practitioner as
it may be necessary to follow-up with another detection method
such as mammography or ultrasound to identify the exact location
of the abnormality and to determine whether tissue biopsy is needed.
If mammography is used to complement the thermal scan, it’s
important to offset the affects of radiation prior to and following
the procedure. Wheat grass juice, green super foods, or brown
seaweed such as Modifilan are powerful detoxifiers.
Breast abnormalities and tumors are merely symptoms of imbalances
within the body’s internal terrain that need to be identified
and corrected. A thoughtful and careful look at diet, exposure
to toxins, and lifestyle should be the first line of defense against
any disease. This, and regular thermal screenings provide an effective
arsenal against breast cancer.
An internet search of thermography will locate qualified technicians
in your area.
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