As a midwife who is involved in holistic women’s healthcare and alternative breast cancer screening, I get phone calls literally every day from a woman whose: mother, sister, aunt, cousin, best friend, neighbor had gone religiously for her mammography, only to find out the unthinkable: the mammo missed her breast cancer. Women go into their Midwife or doctor and are told, at age 35-40, to start getting their mammography. What they are not told is that the mammography will miss 44% of breast cancers, and that it is also 50% likely that there will be a false positive as well. So the larger question is: why are women still being told to get their mammogram? Why is this the first line of screening? Using compression and radiation as a first line of screening is completely inappropriate. To begin with, the level of compression damages healthy tissue, and has the potential to cause micrometastasis if cancer is present. Secondly, to take healthy women and expose their sensitive breast tissue to radiation, a known cause of cancer, under the guise of screening is simply bad medicine. Lastly, by the time something is large enough to bounce off an x-ray, that is not early detection. That is breast cancer. Mammograms are simply not good enough to trust your breast health to, especially when used alone.
Thermography, DITI, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, has been FDA approved since 1982 for breast cancer screening. It is a simple, non-invasive physiologic screening tool, which images the heat radiated from the body. The reason that is so important is that the first thing breast cancer has to do before it can grow a tumor, is establish a blood supply to feed and grow a tumor. Cancer cells grow new blood vessels (neo-angiogenesis) and re-route old blood vessels to feed the cancer tumor. Usually, all of this activity is associated with abnormally high levels of heat. We see these abnormally heat changes many years ahead of tumor formation, when cancer is in its very earliest changes. Thus, a woman who is aware these changes are taking place, then as the ability to be aggressively proactive with her healthcare to thwart the process from progressing. Thus the focus of thermography ultimately is prevention of breast cancer, as opposed to breast cancer detection. Prevention is always better than a cure.
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