Ever wondered about the safety and accuracy of mammograms? Are you aware of possible alternatives such as breast thermography?
Please pass on the following information on to as many women as possible.
Breast Thermography clinic coming to Dawson Creek to do breast/cranial thermography Sept 21/22, 2014. Call Cindy Peever, R.N. at 250-596-9119 and leave a message or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.thermographynorthernbc.com.
Breast Thermography is a form of breast screening using digital infrared imaging. No squeezing of breasts required, no radiation yet very reliable in early detection of abnormal breast tissue. It provides the earliest evidence of breast disease with an accuracy of 90%. This means in 90% of the cases the scan accurately indicates presence or absence of dis-ease. It shows the function, physiology and metabolism of breast tissue and gives a picture of the cell activity in breast tissue. Usually, abnormal cells like cancer cells are hotter than normal cells. A breast thermography scan shows the heat (temperature) difference between normal breast tissue and problematic areas.
Breast thermography is a very reliable tool in early detection for abnormal cell development; however a small percentage of cancers are non-hypervascular which means they do not produce extra heat.
Mammograms on the other hand use x-rays to detect a mass. X-rays don’t pass through the mass as easily as through normal breast tissue. Mammograms work best for soft post-menopausal breast tissue and for slow growing tumors. They are not effective for young, dense breast tissue, large breasts, fibro-cystic breasts, breasts with breast implants, pregnant and breast feeding women as well as women on hormone replacement therapy. The rate of false-positive readings with about 25% is high (suggested disease where there is none) as is the false negative rate of about 20% (missed tumors).
Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) just posted an article about mammograms providing a wealth of information.