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Every Month Should Be Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 01, 2014 08:49AM
by Sherri Hudson, CT

It is possible to detect breast cancer development in the very early stages, up to 5 to 8 years before a slow-growing palpable lump or mass will appear on a mammogram. Using digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), physiological changes can be seen to indicate the possibility of early breast disease in both women and men.

The inflammation associated with these early changes is the result of increased cellular activity which gives off heat that can be detected using Thermography. To give you an idea of how this works in the early stages, the chart shows how breast cancer grows.

Early detection is very important for prevention and vascular changes over time can indicate developing disease (or if you want it simple: changes in blood flow could be the first indicators that other tests are necessary).

DITI is considered to be an adjunct diagnostic tool to be used in conjunction with other tests to reach a diagnosis.

So, when there is an area of interest with thermography, it is good evidence that the changes need to be watched more carefully and re-evaluated over time to catch developing disease, i.e., breast cancer, in the earliest stages possible. For many people, uncertainty about the efficacy of positive results is outweighed by the opportunity to track the changes more closely to catch disease in its earliest stages.

Plus, since there is no radiation, no compression and the test is nontoxic, no risk involved.

It can be used for women of any age, especially those with dense or sensitive breasts even those with implants. There is no prescription necessary. By establishing a baseline of tissue/vascular patterns, you can have an annual comparison year after year to see if there are thermographic changes.

Inflammatory breast disease cannot be detected by mammography and is most commonly seen in younger women; the prognosis is almost always poor. Early detection provides the best hope of survival. The vascular changes shown on a thermogram can be significant indicators several months before clinical signs of inflammatory breast disease, such as skin discoloration, swelling and pain. Thermography is a unique tool to identify increased cellular activity, which could be the result of inflammation, physiological changes or metabolic processes that need further evaluation.

Sherri Hudson, CT, Family Health Thermal Imaging & Detox,



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