Breast cancer is a common disease. It does not spare the rich and famous, vegetarians, or women younger than forty. It occurs more often in women who are the daughters or sisters of breast cancer victims, but it also frequently occurs in women without this history. If found early enough it can often be cured. But all too often this is not the case. This is why early detection is so important.
Breast Thermography has over 12,000 citations and studies in current medical journals. Breast thermography, is becoming increasingly more popular for two reasons. One, it is gentle to the breast. There is no compression, and no ionizing radiation. Second, thermographic evidence of breast disease can show up long before it can be seen on a mammogram.
Breast Thermography uses non-invasive equipment that measures the temperature of the skin on the breasts. Due to the regulating effects of the nervous system, these temperature readings are a direct function of the temperature in the breast tissue just below the surface of the overlying skin. The process is called thermo-regulation, and it means that the more heat there is in a particular part of the breast, the more heat there is in the skin overlying that part.
This is the simple and fundamental basis for how Breast Thermography works. because cancers and even pre-cancerous conditions generate heat. They generate heat through a process known as angiogenesis. A characteristic of all cancers is that they have an abnormally rapid growth rate, and in order to sustain this growth rate, they need to have a greatly increased blood supply. Angiogenesis refers to the growth of new blood vessels, and because angiogenesis generates heat, it can be detected by thermography.
Recent studies have clearly shown that routine mammography is at best ineffective at preventing deaths from breast cancer, and at worst actually increases the death rate in women getting them. That is why we no longer recommend routine mammography for our patients. Instead we rely on Breast Thermography, annual examinations, and routine self examinations at home.
In a German study conducted by Professor Wagner, 63 known cases of breast cancer were reported. 54% of the cases were correctly diagnosed by simply taking a clinical history and performing a breast examination. 76% were correctly diagnosed when mammography was used in addition to the history and examination. However, when Breast Thermography was used, the accuracy of diagnosis rose to 92% - 20% more accurate than mammography alone.
Additional evidence for an earlier detection capability of thermography can be seen in the published studies of William Hobbins, MD. In one study Dr. Hobbins demonstrated in a sample of 37,050 patients, a yield of 56 cancers per 1,000 abnormal thermograms as compared to the 5.6 per 1,000 in studies utilizing mammography. This basically amounts to a ten times greater sensitivity of thermography.
One of the most significant benefits of Breast Thermography is that unlike mammography, it can detect inflammation. One study entitled, “The future of women with isolated abnormal infrared thermogram of the breast”, examined the long term effects breast inflammation discovered on routine thermography. The researchers found that 38% of those women with thermographic evidence of inflammation eventually developed breast cancer. The researchers concluded that breast inflammation leads to an increased risk of breast cancer.
When breast inflammation is discovered on Breast Thermography eliminating it will reduce breast cancer risk. This is usually accomplished by examining the effects of stress, hormonal balance, nutrition, diet, toxicity, and lifestyle.
Although routine Breast Thermography has significant advantages over routine mammography, neither one is 100% perfect. Both can miss a breast cancer. The studies show that most breast cancers are not initially discovered by either of these methods. They are found on routine examination either by the woman herself, or by a physician. All women should routinely examine their breasts once a month for changes, and follow up with their physician if changes are found. In addition, all women should have a doctor routinely examine their breasts at least once a year.