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Well-known medical practitioners discuss mammography and thermography. Have a look to hear what they have to say.


Are Mammograms the Best Breast Cancer Test?

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Women in America and other industrialized countries are convinced that regular mammograms are crucial to detecting breast cancer. Enormous funding and research has swayed the public into believing this to be true. Yet despite this, mammography has a very strong opposition in many quadrants of the medical and natural health communities. If you discover one of the warning signs of breast cancer, the question remains: are mammograms the best test for breast cancer?

Mammograms provide an X-ray image of breasts in which doctors will look for evidence of growing tumors that may go unnoticed during a routine physical exam. Needed to produce the image, X-rays expose the patient to ionizing radiation.

Risks and dangers come with mammography use including the exposure to radiation, financial burden, and the rate of inaccuracies. Until 2001, women over the age of 50 were urged to receive annual mammograms. This is when American health officials changed their recommendations to include all women over 40 years of age. Yet back in July of 1995, the British medical journal, The Lancet, published that “the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous…”

Risk of “False Positive” Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

A “false positive” on a breast cancer test triggers an enormous amount of emotional stress on both patients and their family members. One research team analyzed mammogram diagnostics from 60,000 women. False positives were detected in 70% of the detected areas of concern.

The tremendously high rate of false positive diagnosis has many doctors skeptical of the efficacy of mammography. Furthermore, false detection results in invasive and avoidable biopsies. Upon further testing from these biopsies, 70-80% of detected “tumors” on mammograms revealed no presence of cancer.

Effects of a False Positive Diagnosis

The emotional trauma that comes with believing you have cancer is enough to trigger and accelerate illness in the body. False positive diagnoses are often followed up with unnecessary mastectomies, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. These treatments further damage an individual’s health by creating physical, emotional, and economic burdens.

Unnecessary Radiation Exposure

Annual mammograms expose a woman to a significantly high amount of ionizing radiation. We are all exposed to ionizing radiation produced from the natural world around us. Our bodies can manage this small amount of radiation, but when high doses of exposure occurs annually there are health risks involved.

If you have ever had a spinal or chest X-ray performed, the radiation that you were exposed to was 1,000 times less than the radiation that is required to complete one series of mammograms to two breasts. Many experts agree that this quantity of radiation actually increases an individual’s risks of breast cancer. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, proposes that the likelihood of breast cancer raises 2% each year a mammogram is performed.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has stated that for every 15 cases of breast cancer mammography identifies, it may actually cause 75 breast cancer diagnoses. For this reason younger women are especially at risk for the dangers involving mammography testing. In fact, studies have shown that young women tested annually have up to a 52% increase in breast cancer related deaths.

Mammograms Stimulate Cancer Growth

Since the onset of mammography, the rate of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has elevated by 328%. DCIS is a type of early stage breast cancer. Researchers have discovered the oncogene AC which is extremely sensitive to radiation. Women with the oncogene AC are at an even higher risk when they undergo mammography testing. It is estimated that 10,000 individuals whom carry the gene will die of breast cancer annually as a consequence of mammography.

Another way mammograms induce cancer growth is by compressing the patient’s breasts. This action releases cancerous cells into circulation thereby increasing the risk that the malignancy will spread systemically.

A former clinical associate at the NCI in immunology and pharmacology, Dr. Charles Simone, has strongly advocated against mammography for breast cancer screening. Dr. Simone said, “Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth.”

Thermography: A Better Breast Cancer Test

I firmly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Somehow our society has missed the fact that we should strive every day to live an anti-cancer lifestyle. Rather, we are told that we should only screen our health each year while simultaneously we are led to believe it is okay to live a lifestyle destructive to our health.

When the inevitable results with a positive cancer diagnosis, we are treated like a victim. Instead we should be taught how years of abuse has led to the problem.

It has been my choice to live an anti-cancer lifestyle and avoid the dangers involved with “testing for disease.” If you have not followed this same healthy lifestyle, I recommend thermography testing for a safe and effective way to screen for cancer.

The Gold Standard for Detecting Breast Cancer

Thermography is a new technology that measures inflammation in the body. This makes it especially well equipped to detect the growth of cancer cells. This tool is far less invasive than mammography and is also more effective.

Degenerative disease is characterized by inflammatory pathways in the body, and cancer is not excluded. Unfortunately, disease must typically have already developed in the body for it to be detected by much of today’s medical procedures. Instead of looking for the originating cause, the medical community focuses on the effect of a problem in the body − the cancer. Advanced health care practitioners use diagnostic testing and methodology that searches for the cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.

How Does Thermography Screen for Cancer?

Thermography scans the body, measuring surface temperature and presenting this information as a digital image. This digital map illustrates heat patterns in the body and is tremendously accurate. Patterns can detect infection and abnormal tissue conditions.

Unlike mammograms which only analyze anatomical changes such as a lump, thermograms provide detailed information on vascular function in the breast. When blood flow increases to specific areas of the body, the temperature of that region also raises. Cancerous cell growth is represented by increased circulation resulting from infection and inflammation. Thermographs can screen for subtle physiological abnormalities that accompany disease before a large mass or lump will reveal its presence on a mammogram.

Thermal Asymmetry Indicates Abnormalities

Ideally, the body should be in a state of thermal symmetry. Areas of asymmetry can indicate problems and are analyzed specifically for underlying pathology. Cancerous growth thrives with elevated blood flow and requires a high demand for nutrient supply. The body cannot identify the metabolic difference between cancer cells and healthy cells, resulting in the increased supply of blood cells around the active cancer cells.

Thermography can identify this abnormal blood flow long before cancer growth becomes a mass detectable during a routine breast exam. Thermography is estimated to identify cancer growth 10 years before a mammogram shows a tumor.

Breasts Typically Appear Purple

Normally the breasts do not generate much heat. Healthy breasts appear purple on a thermographic image indicating low heat levels. Spots appearing red, orange, or yellow should be looked at further as these colors may indicate the presence of cancer.

More than 250,000 women participated in studies detailing thermography screening over the last 30 years. These large, long-durational studies have demonstrated a sensitivity and specificity of 90%. From these research groups it has been shown that a woman is 22 times more likely to develop breast cancer when she has consistently abnormal thermograms.

Reliability and Safety of Thermograms as a Breast Cancer Test

Information provided by thermograms is reliably accurate and provides objective data. The devices are painless, non-invasive, and provide quick results.

The high concentrations of ionizing radiation produced from mammograms make it one of the most dangerous medical devices used. Thermograms emit zero ionizing radiation and instead use safe infrared technology.

What to Expect With a Thermography Test for Breast Cancer

During your first thermography session you will provide a baseline reading referred to by practitioners as the “thermal signature.” Typically it will be recommended that you receive a second screening three months later to detect changes. The vascularity and blood flow pattern is then analyzed between the two readings. Going forward it’s recommended the patient receive annual thermography tests.

The results are given in a professionally written report by a radiologist who is trained in thermographic studies. Thermography testing is not approved for diagnostic interpretation, so you will not get a definitive diagnosis from the test.

Instead, you will see that abnormal readings will be noted as “at some or at strong risk,” whereas normal findings are listed as “at low risk.”

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Are Implants Worth the Risk?

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The breast implant market is booming. Women worldwide are spending $820 million a year on breast augmentation and the demand is growing. While 80% of breast implants are for cosmetic reasons and the remainder for reconstructive reasons, each presents risks to your health.

I realize this is a touchy subject. I am not here to judge but simply to inform you about some facts. Women who have breast implants because of Breast Cancer have been through a lot of pain and agony going through the surgeries and treatments.  Others simply chose to have them in order to touch up their breast shape and size. In all cases, the decision has an impact physically and many times emotionally.

Think of an implant like a sliver underneath your skin. It is a foreign substance that the body naturally wants to reject and this may cause stress to your Immune System.  However, for some women, reconstruction after a mastectomy is important to them. They want to regain what they feel they have lost as a result of the surgery.

It’s important that you are aware of all risks even though some may be associated with a particular type of implant or surgery. Knowledge will result in a healthier discussion with your doctor and an improved ability to better manage your overall well-being.

The risks linked to breast implants

An implant is designed using a strong silicone elastomer shell that’s filled with either a saline or silicone gel solution. According to The Mayo Clinic, saline and silicone gel, which is used for breast reconstruction, both pose similar risks:

  • Pain
  • Potentially permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue that distorts the shape
  • Leakage or rupture
  • Need for additional surgery

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, women with implants  were three times more likely to die from respiratory tract cancer, two to three times more likely to die from brain cancer, and four to five times more likely to die from suicide”. NCI researchers also found an increased risk of certain connective tissue diseases, such as a doubling in rheumatoid arthritis, and even greater increases in lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Some other risks you should know about

  1. Your body’s potential rejectionCapsular contracture is the most common complication associated with implantation. Basically, the body looks at the silicone elastomer shell as a foreign implants 1object and scar tissue forms around it. It is rejected by the immune system in 11% of all cases and surgical intervention is required in the majority of them. Capsular contracture may also indicate low-grade bacterial infections related to the implant procedure or the implants themselves.
  1. A rare but treatable cancer. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare cancer involving the immune system that may be associated with implants. In the known cases linked to implants, the lymphoma grew in the capsule of scar tissue around the implant and was treated by removing the implant and scar tissue. Some women also underwent chemotherapy and radiation.This type of lymphoma in the breast is normally found in three in 100 million women without implants. In comparison, it has been found in 60 in the 5-10 million women with implants. Even though the FDA has acknowledged the heightened risk, any association between breast implants and cancer is concerning.
  1. Psychological impacts. A study looked at five large epidemiologic mortality studies and found that the suicide mortality rate doubled among women with cosmetic implants. While the study noted the pre-implant psychiatric disorders among this group of women often include body image issues, depression and eating disorders, it makes sense that anyone suffering with a body image issue would benefit from emotional support.
  2. High levels of Platinum – Platinum is used to turn silicon into a softer, honey-like liquid which makes the implants feel softer.  The problem is that Platinum is highly toxic and women with implants had three times the levels of  platinum compared to women without implants. This metal can cause respiratory and skin allergies.
  3. Breast Implants may make it more difficult to detect future cancers. Although Mammography is routinely used, the good news is that Thermography may also help detect inflammation in the area of concern.
  4. According to the FDA, and the manufacturers’ own data, nearly ALL implants fail sooner or later. Many women, therefore, require corrective surgery within a few years. Patients with failed implants report and increase in joint and muscle pain as well as chronic fatigue.

Where do you go from here?

If you are considering breast implants, I highly encourage you to do your own research, ask lots of questions of yourself and your caregivers, and make an informed decision that will make sense for you over the long-term. And, if you are a reconstructive surgery candidate, don’t be afraid to consider no reconstruction.  I encourage you to read this wonderful article , “Going Flat: Choosing No Reconstruction” posted on BreastCancer.org’s website.  It encourages you to learn to be comfortable with your body if you choose no reconstruction. “I don’t care what they take from you as long as I can see your face,” is a common sentiment from partners of Breast Cancer Conquerors.

Embrace your magnificence and your scars – you are beautiful inside and out.

No matter what path you choose, be sure that you have a plan on how you will incorporate reducing your toxic exposure and healing your emotional wounds.  Balance of body, mind and spirit is the bottom line for good health.

“Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit http://breastcancerconqueror.com/.”

 

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