Most of us have known someone-a friend, a family member, a colleague, a neighbor who has been treated for breast cancer or for worse, has died from the disease. Historically, breast cancer was diagnosed after a woman seeks a doctor for a pain or a palpable mass. Annual mammography has become the “gold standard” for the detection of breast cancer; the goal then became to find tumors before they can be felt.
However, mammography is a late test. It does not prevent cancer; it detects cancer. Women place unreasonable high hopes in the ability of technology to reduce their cancer risk. A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, reported that women generally overestimate the risk of reducing the ability of a mammogram by more than 100 times.(1)
Mammograms give a false sense of security about a clean bill of health. The sensitivity, or the number of women who have cancer and also have a positive mammogram, varies between 54%-58% in women under 40 years of age to 81% to 94% in women over 65 years of age. Among women 40 to 65 years of age, the ability of screening mammography to identify a tumor depends on many variables: the size of The lesion, hormone use, breast tissue density, the overall quality of the image and the interpretive skill of the radiologist.
Cancer is identified in only a small fraction of women (0.1%-0.5%, depending on age) that are selected. Studies have shown that for every death prevented by screening, there are at least 200 false-positive results.(2) The number of follow-up procedures generated by the cancer screening programmes, such as the repetition of the mammogram, ultrasound and MRI, is increasing exponentially the cost of the disease. In the united States, biopsies of normal cost the health system more than $ 1 billion annually.(3)
The screening has another potentially harmful. Women are psychologically damaged by the stress of an abnormal mammogram that turns out to be a false alarm. A new survey developed by Brodersen and colleagues and published this month (7/07) measured six dimensions of the psychosocial: anxiety, behavioural impact, sense of dejection, impact on sleep, breast examination and sexuality. The survey has shown that women with a screening mammography is abnormal, which is later confirmed to be a false-positive are negatively impacted in all six categories.
What can we do?
Digital infrared imaging (digital IR), also called thermography, has been approved by the FDA for breast health screenings since 1982. It is painless, non-invasive and uses no radiation. The scan detects and records the thermal patterns on the skin not seen with any other tool.
The presence of abnormal cells that require large amounts of nutrients for rapid growth. Through a process called angiogenesis, new blood vessels are drawn in the direction of the atypical cell. Coupled with the release of cytokines and nitric oxide, other blood flow in the area which increases the heat in the tissues that can be detected by thermography.
Normal skin surface temperature is symmetrical and deviates less than 0.3 C from left to right. New digital IR cameras can detect differences as small as 0.1 C. Temperature variations of more than 1.0 C suggests the presence of abnormal, possibly pre-cancerous, cells. These subtle changes can be detected seven to eight years before a mass becomes palpable or can be detected by mammography.
What is a thermogram procedure like?
After disrobing to the waist, approximately 15 minutes is needed to equilibrate at room temperature. An experienced technician performs three scans–front, left-hand and right-hand side–the arm on the head. The two hands are then placed in cold water for exactly one minute. When the sympathetic nervous system is chilled, normal vessels constrict; abnormal vessels remain the same size or dilate. A second series of analyses is taken for comparison purposes. When the analyses are completed, the test is finished.
Why isn’t everyone doing this test?
Why don’t doctors routinely recommend this test? Why not offer it in his office? An anomaly of the scanning cannot be corrected with a drug. Conventional doctors are not trained in the use of vitamins, supplements and detoxification, of the essential tools to repair damaged physiology. If a woman has a normal mammogram, abnormal thermogram is dismissed by doctors as a false positive. This is a missed opportunity for a true prevention of cancer.
Despite the current state of breast thermography, it has been studied for more than 30 years. More than 800 peer-reviewed studies on breast thermography exist in the index medicus. The database represents more than 250 000 women and the number of participants in many studies ranged from 37 000 to 118 000. Some of the women who had a positive thermogram were followed for up to 12 years of age; 35 percent of those who had a positive thermogram went on to develop breast cancer.
What you can do
If an abnormality is identified on your thermogram, pro-active, steps can be taken to cure the breast tissue, and progress can be tracked non-invasively through the use of serial scans. If you do not have access to a doctor who has digital IR equipment, you can take important steps towards breast health:
o Power supply: Eating organic foods. Pesticides collect in fatty tissue, and the cancer of the breast can become a reservoir of chemicals estrogenic. Eliminate caffeine, chocolate, MSG, aspartame, and herbs that have estrogenic properties, in particular soybeans. Studies have shown that soy supplements may increase the risk of breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women.
o Exercise: The walking and arm swinging will get the lymphatics moving. Decongesting breast tissue reduces the risk of cancer.
o Eliminate the hormones: Discuss the options with your doctor to eliminate birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacement. The link between hormones and breast cancer has been confirmed.(5)
o Supplements: A lot of supplements have been shown to have a positive effect on breast tissue. Here are a few examples:
1. DIM (diindolylmethane) the phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables, has anticancer activity, and also works for the repair of damaged DNA.
2. Turmeric (curcumin) kills cancer cells and has strong anti-angiogenesis
3. The consumption of green tea or take green tea extract capsules has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. All of these items are available at your food store local health.
Women need to drive the industry and push conventional doctors to do their work at home. The new digital cameras and far superior to the cameras of 30 years ago. For women who are young people at high risk, have dense breasts or if you want to be more proactive about breast health, a breast scanning digital is the way to go.