Infrared imaging of the breast should be an integral part of any breast cancer screening program due to its value as an independent risk factor for breast cancer and its value as a prognostic indicator.
Every woman should include breast thermography as part of their regular breast heath care. I have recommended the use of this technology extensively over the years in my newsletter. Thermography has the unique ability to “map” the individual thermal fingerprint of a woman’s breasts. Any change in this map over the course of months and years can signal an early indication of possible tumors or other abnormalities. In fact, studies have shown that an abnormal infrared image is the single most important indicator of high risk for developing breast cancer.
The potential to detect pre-cancerous changes is the real value of thermography. We really need to shift away from the idea that early detection is synonymous with prevention. Conventional medicine continually argues that mammography is the answer to the problem of breast cancer. But early detection of tumors is not really prevention. True prevention is about identifying women, or more specifically breasts that are at risks for developing tumors. This is what thermography allows us to do.
Before tissue degenerates into cancer, the bodies’ metabolic rate around the site increases. A unique aspect of cancerous tumor growth is a process called neo -angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth). As the cells multiply, they need an increase blood supply to bring in nutrients and remove waste. The increase in circulation gives off heat. An infra-red type camera can detect this heat, giving the patient and doctor an opportunity to take action long before a tumor develops. This makes thermography a tremendous weapon in the fight against breast cancer!