VITAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR AND YOUR BREAST DOCTOR:
Vital Information for You & Your Breast Doctor:
- There are at least nine breast tests, including palpation, mammogram, ultrasound, thermogram, MRI, BSGI, etc. No one test can replace another: each test provides unique perspective, and some are more safe and sensitive than others. The Thermogram Center suggests women make informed decisions that serve their highest good.
- A mammogram is an anatomical test that focuses on detecting masses, calcifications, and structure. A thermogram is a physiological test that focuses on thermobiological signs of risk, potentially years earlier than anatomical findings are present.
- High risk thermograms warrant further evaluation (i.e. ultrasound, MRI, etc.) to determine if there is already a sizable tumor. The earliest stages of cancer; assymetrical vascular anatomy; injury to the breast; infection; inflammation and/or irritation (i.e. from fatty or fibro- cysts or fibroadenomas); leaking implants; congested lymphatics; hormonal imbalance; and recent radiation treatment can produce high risk thermograms and/or risk and should be considered during the evaluation process. Most, but not all, high risk thermograms are caused by inflammation/risk factors and not cancer.
- Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging assesses thermobiological risk and vascular dilation, which increases with inflammation and estrogen stimulation. When risk is present, clients are encouraged to take proactive steps to manage/reduce risk factors (with our preventive education and/or the guidance of qualified health care professionals) and to monitor the effects of their efforts with future Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging.
- Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging may help doctors and clients make informed decisions regarding the need for further evaluation.
- For instance, a 30 year old with no family history but with a TH4 or TH5 rating should consult with her doctor about further evaluation, i.e. ultrasounds, MRIs. She may need to start breast screening now, rather than wait until the typical age of 40.
- On the other hand, a 50 year old with lowest or low risk, TH1 or TH2, and no family history may not need much further evaluation. The decision lies between the client and her doctor.
- Thermal imaging provides (adjunctive) data so the doctor and the client may make more informed decisions regarding further evaluation.
- Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging may provide data useful in determining the necessity for biopsy following a suspicious anatomical examination/mammogram.
- Some studies indicate that up to 95% of biopsies find benign tissue.
- A high risk thermogram following a suspicious mammogram SUPPORTS evaluation by biopsy.
- A low risk thermogram suggests otherwise.
- Note: Mammograms and thermograms no not diagnose cancer: pathology does.
- Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging can help monitor the effects of intervention efforts or treatment plans on breast health and cancer risk.
- Breast tissue is very responsive to nutritional and medicinal therapies and can respond to lifestyle changes as well. Signs of thermobiological change, for better or worse, can be assessed and monitored by Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging.
- Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging attempts to assess signs indicative of the rate of change - helpful information when trying to determine how quickly a diagnosed cancer may be growing or responding to treatment.
- Risk Assessing Thermal imaging is ideal for all women, especially those who aren't ideal for mammography and/or:
- under age 50; with dense, fibrocystic, or large breasts; HRT, implants, or surgical reduction;
- who are pre-menopausal, nursing or pregnant, or cannot tolerate radiation.
Decades of research in "thermography" indicates 6%-10% false negatives. Advanced thermography is expected to have less.