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Early Detection Saves Lives

Breast Thermography: A PARTNER IN EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION

Breast thermography has developed into an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. As a safe, comfortable, and sensitive procedure, thermography is used to detect infrared markers that may suggest some of the earliest signs of breast cancer.

Thermography uses sophisticated infrared cameras and computer systems to image heat patterns from the surface of breasts. Alterations in these images are caused when cellular changes increase blood flow (angiogenesis); thus, warming the breast. These thermovascular changes may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer.

WHAT DOES BREAST THERMOGRAPHY HAVE TO OFFER?
  • Some of the earliest signs that a breast cancer may be forming. Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, is necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor. Breast thermography may be the first signal that such a possibility is developing.
  • Individualized breast cancer risk assessment. Certain thermographic risk markers may warn a woman that she needs to work closely with her doctor to improve her breast health.
    Monitoring with regular check-ups and thermography will look for improvements with time or possibly the earliest signs that a problem may exist.
  • A possible role in breast cancer prevention. Since the single greatest risk factor for the development of breast cancer is lifetime exposure to estrogen, normalizing the balance of the hormones in the breast may be an important step in prevention.
  • Imaging for younger women — 15% of all breast cancers occur in women under 45. Breast thermography offers younger women a valuable imaging tool that they can add to their regular breast health check-ups beginning with baseline imaging at age 20.
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IS THERMOGRAPHY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Breast thermography uses no radiation, injections, or other invasive methods. It’s also just fine for women who are on hormone replacement, or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or augmented breasts. And since breast thermography does not involve contact with the skin, the procedure is quite comfortable.

Donna Marie Scippa, RN, NP, CTT is a Certified Thermography Technician and is passionate about women’s health. She’s qualified to talk to you about breast thermography and help you determine if it’s right for you.