Thermography is probably the earliest detectable screen for tumor formation, but how does it work? The best way to explain thermography is to break down the word. Thermo- is for heat. When tumors start to form, they need the formation of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. This process gives off heat that is detectable with a special camera. Graphy- is a picture that is taken with the special heat detectible camera, thus, thermography.
Breast thermography is one of the safest screening tools for tumor growth, as there is no radiation, no physical contact with the camera or staff, and is non-invasive. It is safe for dense breast tissue, implants, fibrocystic changes, nursing moms and women under 40. It allows doctors to detect functional changes at least 2-3 years before a malignant tumor could be detected by a mammogram or physical exam. Thermograms can also detect certain hormonal changes and be being able to balance those hormones is an important step in prevention.
It may surprise you to know that 75% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. If a thermogram is abnormal, the risk of breast cancer is 10 times higher than a family history of the disease. Therefore, early detection is key and the hallmark of thermography.
Breast thermography is not meant to replace traditional mammography or PET scans, but to be a pre-emptive screening for angiogenesis. If detected, further testing may be necessary to rule out cancers.
At Women’s Natural Health Center, our mission is to serve as many women as possible, helping them to live the highest quality of life possible. By promoting early detection of disease, prevention, and female-specific therapies, we earnestly strive to save lives. Call us today to schedule your breast thermography for October. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the cost of breast thermography has been reduced from $250 to $199 for the month.