Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the risk increases with age. Current research indicates that one in every nine women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
I can personally recommend breast thermography to any woman wanting to be proactive with their breast health. I have personally experienced the professional caring service that Clinical Thermography offer and can thoroughly recommend it as your first step in preventative breast care - Leanne James naturopath and founder Ideal Health.
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Painless, non-contact, radiation free monitoring of breast health
Breast thermography is used extensively overseas and is fast gaining popularity in New Zealand. Breast thermography is safe, non-contact, radiation free and painless.
Thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated software to detect, analyse and produce high-resolution images of temperature variations in the breasts. Studies indicate that these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer.
An abnormal thermogram can provide women with an early alert of potential problems and an opportunity to look at factors that can reduce the chances of a problem developing further.
Women who want to take a proactive approach to their breast health will find great value in the additional information provided by thermography.
How is it different to a mammogram?
A mammogram is an anatomical examination of the breast, looking for structural changes (a lump). Thermography on the other hand looks at the physiology (biology) of your breasts. A heat sensitive infrared camera is used to image both breasts, from several different angles. The camera measures the heat patterns, or infrared radiation that naturally emanates from the breast tissue.
Thermography is a non contact test that measures the heat that is naturally emitted by the body. There is no radiation involved and it is completely painless.
How long has thermography been around?
While few New Zealand women have heard of this screening technique, it’s far from the new kid on the block internationally. Breast thermography has been researched for over 30 years, with over 800 peer-reviewed scientific studies published. These studies included over 300,000 women, many of whom were followed for over 12 years.
In 1982, the FDA approved breast thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic breast cancer screening procedure.
How much does it cost?
An appointment with one of our friendly female nurses costs just $199 (Special offer for healthy.co.nz readers and for a limited time save $20).
The science behind Breast Thermography
All living tissue emits heat, and in healthy breasts the pattern of heat should be comparable in both breasts. Long before a breast tumour is evident to the eye, the touch, or even a mammogram, breast tissue begins to change its biology. Chemical and blood vessel activity increases, as cancerous tumours are biologically “greedy”, demanding a great deal of extra nutrients and blood flow. Long before a tumour forms, the breast tissue increases blood circulation to the problem area. This generates an increased heat in the breast, which can be detected by sensitive infrared cameras. By comparing the heat radiation of the breasts, differences can be detected and analysed by sophisticated software and a Board Certified Clinical Thermographer. Amazingly, these heat abnormalities can in some cases be detected 5 – 10 years before a tumour can be found through mammography.
As a test thermography has a number of unique characteristics for the monitoring of breast health. Some of these include:
Early Identification of Risk
Physiological changes will typically precede anatomical changes; abnormal blood vessel circulation will typically precede the formation of a lump. For this reason, a persistent abnormal thermogram showing unusual areas of localised or asymmetrical blood vessel activity can be an invaluable indicator that a woman is at risk of the development of a breast cancer. As a growth has to be of a certain size before it can be imaged anatomically with either a mammogram or ultrasound (approximately the size of a peanut, an abnormal thermogram can provide a woman with an alert and an opportunity to implement measures to reduce the risk of a problem developing further.
Pre-menopausal women generally have a denser breast tissue than post-menopausal women. For this reason, anatomical tests have difficulty imaging the tissue of younger women and identifying areas of concern. As breast thermography does not rely on density, its accuracy is not affected. This allows for women to start having checkups as early as 20 years old, and an opportunity to identify problems as soon as they start developing.
Treatment Monitoring / Recurrence and Risk Reduction
Because thermography measures minute physiological changes, it is possible to monitor incremental changes in tissue activity in response to treatment. If a woman is identified as being at risk at an early stage, it is often possible to reverse this risk through lifestyle changes and other interventions and then monitor the regression of abnormal tissue activity using thermography.
For women who have had breast cancer and as a result are at a higher risk of cancer recurring, thermography can be used to monitor tissue activity so a woman can be alerted as soon as blood vessels are activated to support a new growth.
Some treatments such as radiotherapy can interfere with thermography, as the tissue can remain affected for months after treatment. For this reason it is generally recommended that women wait for six months or more after radiotherapy before resuming thermographic monitoring. After this time however, thermography has the unique ability of providing a physiological warning that the tissue is abnormally active should a problem reoccur as soon as it starts developing.
Clarifying Equivocal Anatomical Findings
Women who have equivocal mammogram / ultrasound findings can utilise thermography to look at blood vessel / physiological information to couple this with anatomical information. The combination of anatomical and physiological information can assist a woman and her physician in effectively mapping a course of action.
Fibrocystic tissue can prove difficult for anatomical tests to image, and as a result many women with fibrocystic condition will have both a mammogram and an ultrasound to help image the tissue. As benign cysts do not typically generate heat, thermography can assist in identifying areas of concern where additional blood is being circulated to support a malignancy.
Breast implants can significantly impact upon the accuracy of anatomical tests, as the implant can mask a growth. Implants do not interfere with thermography, which can provide valuable physiological information.
Increase Chances of Detection
Across studies thermography has been found to be 90% effective at identifying heat associated with breast cancers (National University Hospital of Singapore – 2008). Mammography has been found to be 85 – 90% effective at identifying breast cancers in post-menopausal women. In studies that combine thermography, mammography and physical examination, it has been shown that 95 – 98% of breast cancers can be identified.
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What can I do to prevent breast cancer? by Alexander Mostovoy, H.D., D.H.M.S., B.C.C.T.
Ten ways to help prevent breast cancer by Alexander Mostovoy, H.D., D.H.M.S., B.C.C.T.
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