I have long opposed Mammography as being as much a danger as a benefit. There is no doubt it can detect some tumors but while screening for them it may also create cancer due to its use of radiation in the form or x-rays. Not only is that a frightening concern but its false positive rates, diagnosing disease when it is not there, is ridiculously high. During a decade of receiving mammograms, more than half of cancer-free women will be among those summoned back for more testing because of false-positive result! As reported by the University of California, San Francisco.
I suggest that many women should consider having thermography done as it is now becoming very available everywhere. In the Brewster – Danbury areas, Sophia Natural Health in Brookfield, Ct. offers this SAFE modality. Here below is some of the information from their web site:
Thermography technology has been around for more than 50 years with the FDA approving the first medical thermography system over 20 years ago. It provides a crucial entryway to preventive medicine as a method of controlling the diseases that we currently only recognize at the latest advanced stages. MTI uses an infrared camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from the body. Thermography reveals a fascinating and reliable pattern of thermal activity that discloses a silent warning. These patterns can see the root of such conditions as headaches, allergies, dental pathologies, carotid artery disease, breast cancer, digestive dysfunction, liver/gallbladder disease, musculoskeletal conditions, pain, and immune dysfunction. It is most well researched for its ability to detect risks for breast cancer much earlier than any other screening tool. In fact, studies have shown that it can detect early signs of breast cancer up to 8 years before a mammogram.
Thermography is most useful for inflammatory phenomena including early detection of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, fybromyalgia or trauma such as strains, sprains or chronic pain. It is also used for neovascular phenomena; cancer is fed by the bodies own blood supply. This development of early vascularity can be detected well before anatomical changes which are detected with other screening tools. And lastly, MTI is used for neurological phenomena; chronic regional pain syndrome and nerve irritation can cause referred pain in other areas; circulatory deficits are easily seen in thermographic images.
Mammograms are a good tool for determining the exact location of a developed tumor, but it is not an early warning system. The real danger of breast cancer is determined by whether or not the tumor has spread to a vital organ. The longer the tumor exists, the longer it has to spread. We now have earlier detection through MTI. While it cannot be called a replacement for Mammography, it has many valuable advantages including: earlier detection of suspicious patterns; an adjunct to inconclusive mammograms; improved detection for women with dense breasts or implants; and a reasonable alternative for women who refuse mammograms. Research shows that an abnormal thermogram is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history; a persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22x higher risk of future breast cancer; extensive clinical trials have shown that breast thermography significantly augments the long term survival rates of its recipients by as much as 61%; and when used as a multi-modal approach (clinical exam + mammography+ thermography), 95% of early stage cancers will be detected.