Thermography vs. Mammography for Early Breast Cancer Detection: Who Benefits Most?

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The Dangers, Discomforts, and Lack of Appropriate Detection from Mammogram Screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity. It is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. (Source)

So the fear motive of protecting against breast cancer with early detection is easy to understand. And it is used constantly by all government and non-government cancer groups to promote frequent mammograms for women from age 40 and up. It’s considered a standard of care.

Many insurance plans will pay for mammograms fully or with very low co-payments. But there has been growing evidence of harm from mammograms that includes increased over-diagnosis resulting in a significant amount of treatments that were never necessary.

Until 2002, the cancer industry’s standard of care for detecting or “screening” for breast cancer required annual mammograms. All the cancer foundations, organizations, and fundraising groups became cheerleaders for annual mammograms for women aged 40 or 45 and up. 

Some were reported to have benefited from mammogram industry financial contributions.

 

Thermography – Safer and More Effective with Early Cancer Detection

Thermography offers the ability to detect inflammation and suspicious blood vessel activities that point to disease and dysfunction without radiation. It does so by producing 3D color imaging produced from the body’s internal variations of heat in the body.

In other words, instead of sending radio waves into the body to get a picture of what’s going on inside the body, a special extremely sensitive infrared ray camera that does not come into contact with the body “takes a picture” of the infrared energies emanating from the body’s temperature variations. 

The thermal radiation’s computer takes the slight thermal variations and creates visual color representations that appear on the machinery’s screen. Those images are then copied for further scrutiny.

And it is able to detect abnormalities that can lead to a disease before the first signs of cancer tumors show up. This allows women to take advantage of lifestyle and dietary changes before cancer tumors appear and avoid chemotherapy, radiation therapies, and mastectomies.

The focus of the mammogram vs thermogram turf war centers on breast cancer. But techniques with thermograms are able to spot markers that are precursors to other cancers and allow natural preventative measures that mainstream oncologists are not trained for and/or don’t want to be.

But not all medical insurance providers will shell out the $200 or less for a breast thermogram. Mammograms cost only slightly less and are uniformly covered by both private and government medical insurers.

Avoiding mainstream oncology’s highly profitable options for treatment may be a major reason why mainstream oncologists constantly assert that thermography cannot detect tumors and is not a bonafide early detection device. It hampers radiologists’ revenue as well. 

Although the FDA has approved mammogram machinery and technology, even as an adjunct to mammograms, both the CDC and FDA agree with the same assertions as oncologists that thermograms are not valid substitutes for mammograms with breast cancer screening. 

Thermography doesn’t always create a tumor picture the way mammograms appear. But mammograms don’t always detect some types of tumors and often mistake non- cancerous lesions as tumors. (Source)

Instead of undergoing chemotherapy or surgery unnecessarily, better diet and supplement choices could easily keep those lesions from becoming cancerous. 

Breast cancer cells take around five to eight years to develop enough for mammogram tumor detection. Just in time for costly, profitable treatments.

But because of thermography’s extreme sensitivity to infrared emissions from slight temperature variations, its images render the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast. 

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This allows plenty of time to adjust one’s diet and lifestyle to strengthen the immune system and not be subjected to the coercion and intimidation used by mainstream oncology to force women into chemo or radiation or surgery or mastectomy without a second opinion on treatments.

Thermography’s Future for Those Who Aren’t Bound by Mainstream Medicine is Expansive

The myopic perspective of the breast cancer screening technology turf war inhibits the bigger picture of what thermograms provide for other precancerous conditions throughout the body as well as determining gastrointestinal imbalances or inflammatory conditions.

There is even a future for thermograms in dentistry. Thermography is predicted to re-emerge in the near future as a unique research tool in dentistry. (Source) 

Thermography imaging eliminates X-rays, so the brain is spared from radiation while allowing better early detection of inflammatory dental conditions before infections occur or for analyzing pathways for dental surgeries.

Homeopathic doctor and Canadian board-certified clinical thermographer Alexander Mostovoy explains:

Over the years at our clinic, we have imaged thousands of women using infrared thermography. In many cases, we have clearly seen cases of inflammation in the dental area using this heat-sensing technology. Many of these cases are caused by a low- grade infection and inflammation and have, through further testing, been attributed to dental or oral issues, such as issues related to root-canal-treated teeth.

Thermography and Dental Pathology

Thermography is also highly useful for detecting various dysfunctions and precancerous conditions of the head and neck region, including early thyroid cancer detection while avoiding radiation hazards to the brain.

The unique significance of thermography is it is both a qualitative and quantitative assessment, which can result in pre-emptive early preventative measures as well as monitoring progression or regression of underlying causes of several diseases in a systematic manner. 


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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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Mammograms vs Thermograms

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Both Mammograms and Thermograms are used as a means to detect changes in the breast tissue. What are the main differences between Mammograms and Thermograms?

Mammograms:

  • High rate of false positives
  • Results in unnecessary biopsies and treatments
  • Subjects patients to pain and considerable and cumulative radiation exposure
  • Stimulates cancer growth and supports metastases

 

Thermograms:

  • Provides information on the root-cause of cancer
  • Detects the growth of cancer cells prior to tumor formation
  • No radiation or breast compression involved
  • Measures inflammation in the body
  • Provides information on the vascular activity in the breast


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