What Is Thermography and How Can It Save Your Life?
It’s all about early detection. Thermography can detect changing patterns before it even becomes cancerous.
Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging device that converts infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that can be visualized in colour on a monitor. Body temperature can be graphically mapped. A normal body displays a high degree of thermal symmetry while an abnormal one shows asymmetrical patterns. This is because those parts of the body that are inflamed have an increase in metabolic activity and vascular circulation.
Cancerous tumours require ever-increasing nutrients so in order to get these, they increase circulation to their cells by holding open blood vessels or even creating new ones. This process causes an increase in the body temperature in that area.
Tumour Detected in Breast Tissue-Click on image to read full article.
How can this screening save your life? Well, it’s all about early detection, right? While mammograms, MRI’s and ultrasounds can sometimes detect tumours that have already formed, Thermography can detect changing patterns suggesting a pre-cancerous state. Please note that Thermography is not only used in breast cancer screening but is also used for a full body scan to help detect various other conditions. Click here to see the other uses: http://www.thermographyclinic.com/thermography/other-applications
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Below is a personal account from Mary Kubisewsky, owner of the Thermography Clinic in Kitchener:
As the owner of Thermography clinic Kitchener Inc., it is continually brought to my attention by many women who are required to have a breast ultrasound after a suspicious Breast Thermography imaging, that they are refused this test unless they have a mammogram first. If the mammogram result is fine, then no ultrasound is performed. I’ve been having Breast Thermography imaging since 2005, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. In 2012, my thermography imaging showed a “concern”; in the right breast at 10 o’clock. In December 2015 after two weeks of tenderness in that area, I went to my doctor who suggested I have a breast ultrasound - he is very supportive of my health choices.
I was at Freeport on December 15th for a breast ultrasound, where a “shadow”; was seen; I was called back by the radiologist before I left the building, where she did a breast examination, saying that she felt normal breast tissue, but another ultrasound was done giving the same result as the first one. I declined a mammogram for personal reasons. I did agree to have an MRI, but when I went to Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, they chose to do their own ultrasound, where the shadow was seen again. I did agree to have a mammogram, and the mammogram was “normal”; I also agreed to a biopsy the following week, and cancer was found in the “shadow”; area.
My point in writing to you is this: had I followed the guidelines set by Ontario Breast Screening, by having a mammogram, I would have been told it was normal and to come back in two years. However, I did have breast cancer at that point, which was not detected by the mammogram (second time for me now), and in two years would have had a larger invasive cancer. How many women will go through this same experience before the rules are changed?
The Ontario Breast Screening Rules need to be changed, for the sake of all the women like me, where mammograms don’t diagnose early stage breast cancer. Please investigate “rules” and have them changed.
My suggestion is that Breast Thermography imaging be the first line of defence for women beginning with a baseline at age 25, then a breast ultrasound be done when it’s requested, and then if it’s suspicious, escalate to a mammogram.
I am told by a lot of women that it is the radiologist, who decides whether or not they are allowed to have a breast ultrasound, and in 99% of cases, they are forced into having a mammogram and sent on their way when the result is “normal”; (some with no cancer, but some with undetected cancer).
I consider myself very lucky that I insisted on having the ultrasound first after my thermography result was suspicious, (with my doctor’s support) which did show an area of concern which lead to my breast cancer diagnosis.
I have since had a lumpectomy, with the removal of two lymph nodes that were not infected, and I am presently cancer free, thanks to the results Thermography, breast ultrasound, and not the mammogram results.
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