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If You Feel You Must Have a Breast Screening, Make it a Thermogram

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) Here are five important facts to think about before you get your next yearly mammogram:

*The people trying to convince women they will die of breast cancer if the don’t get yearly mammograms are oncologists, radiologists, centers offering mammography, and companies that make mammography machines.  These are the people who profit from mammograms and they are the ones who are pushing women to get them.

*Exposure to the radiation and breast compression of a mammogram actually causes more breast cancer than it detects.

*Many breast tumors found on mammograms are harmless and can be taken care of by your immune system. The startling increase in breast cancer diagnosis coincides with the advent of mammograms and the medicalization of tumors that would otherwise have been handled by the immune system.

*The early detection mantra is a lie created to make sure women are frightened enough to get annual mammograms.  In truth, it can take as long as 20 years for a breast tumor to develop to the size detectable on a mammogram. There is no hurry.

*Whether it is detected early or not, breast cancer will continue to kill women unless the cause of their cancer is addressed.  Only less than 25% of breast cancer cases have any genetic component, which means 75% of the risk of breast cancer comes from such factors as environmental, diet, hormonal imbalance or insufficiency, and stress.  And whether or not a genetic component gets switched on is also dependent on these factors.


If you must, thermogram is much better choice

Because women have been the victims of so much propaganda about breast cancer screening and early detection, it can be difficult to stop being frightened.  If you feel you must continue looking for lumps and other signs of breast cancer, the way to do it is with thermography.

A thermogram can detect tumors and other malignant abnormalities long before they are visible on a mammogram.  Thermograms are recognized as an effective mainstream screening device, and they are covered on most insurance plans.  They are not expensive.  Most cities have a thermogram center and more are opening.

Thermography is based on the principle that blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and in the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast.  Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth.  To achieve this, they increase circulation to their cells by sending chemical messages to keep existing blood vessels open, recruit dormant vessels, and create new ones, in a processes known as angiogenesis.  This process results in an increased regional surface temperature of the breast.

During thermography, highly sensitive infrared cameras and computers are used to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes.  The procedure is safe.  There is no radiation and no compression of the breast.

By examining changes in temperature and blood vessels, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth can be detected ten years before they are detectable on a mammogram, while the cellular state.  Due to the high sensitivity level of thermograpy, the temperature variations and vascular changes it is able to detect are among the earliest signs of breast cancer or pre-cancerous state of the breast.

The ability to detect angiogenesis, the new blood vessel creation and growth that may signal a developing breast cancer, is not a part of mammography screening. Thermography is a much stronger and more accurate indicator of breast cancer, so it is able to eliminate many of the false positives of mammograms.

In addition, thermography can detect lymphatic congestion and hormonal imbalances, as well as monitor dietary changes and assess risk of breast cancer.  This makes thermography a tool for monitoring breast health, rather than simply a way to find disease. None of these is a function of mammograms.

Breast thermography has been researched for more than 30 years.  A search of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, also known as Pubmed, reveals 1234 studies involving breast thermography.  You can use it with assurance.  Is there a thermography center near you?

See also:

Many Breast Tumors Detected on Mammograms are Harmless

The Dangers and Ineffectiveness of Mammography and Radiation

Debunking a Leading Cancer Doctor's Advice on Mammograms, Anti-Oxidants and Daily Aspirin Use

New study: Lymph node surgery for many breast cancer patients proves worthless and harmful

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About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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