Thermography is the ONLY True Early Detection Tool We Have
Within the medical community, mammography and physical examination are the currently-favored methods for detecting suspicious signs of breast cancer. Although these mainstay procedures are valuable, they simply aren’t enough. Despite the rise of mammography as a regular screening technique, and the widespread promotion of mamography as a life-saving tool, the mortality rates of breast cancer have remained essentially unchanged for the past 65 years. Why? Because neither mammography nor physical exams provide true early detection, so they provide no opportunity to take preventive measures when suspicion is aroused.
Breast thermography has emerged as a premier frontline tool in our arsenal of preventive technologies. Since we can’t yet prevent breast cancer in absolute terms, our focus must be on the earliest possible detection.
Why It Works
Thermographical cancer screenings are based on a simple principle: pre-cancerous tissue is “hotter” than normal tissue because of increased metabolic and vascular activity that occurs as cancer is forming. Cancerous tumors need nutrients from the body to grow, and they increase circulation to their cells in a process known as angiogenesis (new blood cell formation). As a result, the process creates an local tempature increase in the surfaces of pre-cancerous and cancerous cells, as well as in the surrounding tissues. DITI gives us the technology to visualize these temperature changes, which show up as asymmetries in the thermogram. Breast thermography can provide the earliest possible signal that angiogenesis may be occurring.
Thermography is especially useful for women under 50, whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to pick up suspicious lesions.
Mammography is excellent for detecting tissue changes that indicate disease is already present. Thermography can indicate risk before a problem develops by detecting metabolic changes that, if untreated, may later present as disease.
Thermography is safe, radiation-free and repeatable, making it an excellent choice for an annual preventative check-up.
Thermography can provide a valuable “clinical marker” to your doctor or mammographer, indicating that a specific area of the breast needs close examination.