The 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
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.