A friend of mine was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 37. She has a 6 year old daughter. She had no family history and none of the risk factors or warning signs. She had no reason at all to be thinking of the detection of breast cancer. If you are anything like me, stories like this make my blood run cold. I mean, with modern medicine, this shouldn’t be happening…right?
When it comes down to it, how could she have known? How could any of us know? Are we doomed to wait for the day when we are old enough for mammograms, and then will we trust a machine that smashes and irradiates our breast tissue to tell us if a tumor the size of a pea will threaten our life in the next few years? Fortunately, the answer is a resounding “no!”
I was introduced to Dr. Karen Goodwin from the Women’s Natural Health Center last month by a good friend. When Karen started talking about natural options (think – no mammogram) for detection of breast cancer, my eyes started to glaze over. I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry since I graduated from college. I have a Certificate in Drug Development from Temple University and my own mother can’t even convince me that natural medicine is the way to go.
Fortunately, Karen’s down to earth personality and the scientific way in which she presented her ideas penetrated my stubbornness and piqued my interest. She was talking about breast thermography as a noninvasive alternative for determining risk of breast cancer in women. I had experienced the effects of breast cancer very close to home – so I listened.
Facts about breast cancer detection:
- This year, over 192,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.
- Early detection of breast cancer is the key to survival.
- Women are encouraged to begin having mammograms at the age of 40, but by that time, most cancers have been growing for up to 10 years.
- 20% of cancers can’t be seen by a mammogram.
- Despite modern medicine, the number of women who die from breast cancer every year hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years because the approach hasn’t changed.
We need to change our approach if we are going to change the statistics. The use of thermal imaging (thermography) in health care is not a recent phenomenon. It has been an FDA approved adjunctive breast cancer screening tool since 1982.
What is thermography?
Thermography offers true early detection of breast cancer by detecting angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation. Because new blood vessel formation is necessary to sustain tumor growth, it is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Here are some additional facts:
- Thermography is a thermal image of your breast tissue. There is no radiation and no painful pressing.
- Thermography can be used in all women including women under 40, women with implants, women with fibrocystic breasts and women who are nursing.
- Thermography allows a physician to detect breast cancer by observing functional changes in the breast 2-3 years before a malignant tumor could be detected by a mammogram or physical examination.
- Studies have shown up to a 61% increase in survival rates when thermography was used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools.
- When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography) 95% of early stage breast cancer will be detected.
The number don’t lie. I will take a 95% chance of early stage breast cancer detection any day of the week or month.
She is Dallas Info: Dr. Karen Goodwin is committed to promoting optimal health and well-being of her patients. She practices at the Women’s Natural Health Center, 4100 McEwen #130, Dallas, TX 75244. She can be reached at 214-295-9631 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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