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Every woman should include breast thermography as part of her regular breast health care. We must do everything we can to provide better clinical procedures in an effort to prevent women from having to deal with this terrible disease.Breast cancers are particularly aggressive in younger women. Statistics indicate that approximately 15% of all breast cancers occur in women under the age of 45. However, there are no clear guidelines for the use of imaging procedures during these years. With the addition of Digital Infrared Imaging (breast thermography), women in this age group have a tool that they can add to their regular breast health check ups.
Breast Thermography Guidelines:
Early Detection Means Life - Sources: American Cancer Society – Breast Cancer Guidelines and Statistics, 2009-2010
What Makes Breast Thermography So Unique?
- Thermography is an imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, or other invasive methods.
- Infrared risk markers of early stage cancers that are missed by other methods may be discovered with thermography.
- Infrared markers may be the first signal that an early stage cancer is developing.
- Active cancer cells double in number every 90 days. Normally detectable by a mammogram when the cells form a mass of the size of a dime. Typically cancer cells takes 8 to 10 years to grow and multiply to the size of a dime. EARLY DETECTION would make 95% CURE RATE possible!
- Women who are on hormone replacement, or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or augmented breasts pose no difficulties when it comes to the reading of thermograms
- Since thermography does not involve contact with the skin, the procedure is quite comfortable.
- Studies show that an abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease.
In the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal thermogram may give a woman an early warning that a pathological process may be occurring. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with the addition of thermography to her regular exams, a woman may have a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.
About Breast Cancer
Simply stated, cancer is a parasite. It is a mass of genetically malfunctioning cells with excessive incoordinate growth. Its growth is completely independent from all normal regulatory functions of the host and maintains law and order in its own terms.
Why the Breast? To keep things simple, breast cancers emerge due to a combination of genetics, carcinogens, immune responses, hormones, and tissue composition. The breasts are composed of lobes, lobules, ducts, glands, and a high concentration of blood vessels and fat cells. Many of these tissues in the breast have receptors for the hormone estrogen, which makes them a target for the hormone’s influence. Some of this is good and some bad. Of particular interest are the fat cells. Fat cells both produce and breakdown estrogen. The chemical breakdown reaction (aromatization) of estrogen produces carcinogenic (cancer causing) byproducts. As a result, the carcinogens effect the DNA of nearby cells which can cause them to mutate into cancers. Research has shown that some women’s breasts are more susceptible than others to the effects of estrogen and its byproducts.
How Does the Cancer Grow? Once a normal cell begins to mutate (pre-cancerous tissue), its DNA is altered to allow for the onset of uncoordinated growth. To sustain the rapid growth of these pre-cancerous (and cancerous) cells, a constant supply of nutrients are needed. In order to maintain this supply, the cells release chemicals into the surrounding area which keep existing blood vessels open, awaken dormant ones, and create new ones (neoangiogenesis). The rich vascular beds in the breast provide the conditions necessary for the growing tumor’s needs.
How Can We Detect this Growth at its Earliest Stages? Current research suggests that a multimodal (multiple test) approach will detect more cancers at an early stage. Digital Infrared Imaging (DII or Breast Thermography) has the ability to detect the thermal signs of blood vessel changes that may suggest the development of a pre-cancerous as well as cancerous condition. Consequently, DII may be the first signal that such a possibility is developing.
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