Who Should Have the Test?

It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. Thermography’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.

All women can benefit from DITI breast screening, particularly younger women (30 – 50) with denser breast tissue. This adjunctive test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to doctors or mammographers that specific areas of the breast justify close examination and correlation with other tests. It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s adjunctive role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.

Breast Cancer Growth Rates

Breast cancers tend to grow significantly faster in younger women under 50*

AgeAverage Tumor Doubling Time
Under 5080 Days
50 – 70157 Days
Over 70188 Days

*Source: Buchanan JB, et al. Tumor growth, doubling times, and inability of the radiologist to
diagnose certain cancers. Radiol Clin N Am. 1983;21:115-26

Breast Cancer Prevention

The faster a malignant tumor grows, the more Infrared radiation it generates. For younger women in particular, results from thermography screening can lead to earlier detection and, ultimately, longer life.

Doctors do not yet know how to prevent breast cancer. However you can increase your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages by understanding the need for, and participating in an early detection program that include.

– Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are eligible for screening.
– Breast thermography as an adjunct for women of all ages.
– A regular breast examination by a health professional.
– Monthly breast self-examination.
– Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.
– Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.

Only about 20 percent of biopsied breast lumps are cancerous. And, if cancer is found early, there are choices for treatment. With prompt treatment, the outlook is good. In fact, most women treated for early breast cancer will be free from breast cancer for the rest of their lives.

Examples of Breast Thermography

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

The results of this routine study led to the diagnosis of inflammatory carcinoma in the right breast. There were no clinical indications at this stage. (Thermography can show significant indicators several months before any of the clinical signs of inflammatory breast disease, skin discoloration, swelling and pain). Inflammatory breast disease cannot be detected by mammography and is most commonly seen in younger women, the prognosis is always poor. Early detection provides the best hope of survival.

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

This 37 year old patient presented for routine thermographic breast screening, she was not in a high risk category and had no family history. No breast exams had been performed previously. The vascular asymmetry in the upper left breast and the local hypothermia at 11 O’clock was particularly suspicious and subsequent clinical investigation indicated a palpable mass at the position indicated. A biopsy was performed and a DCIS of 2 cm was diagnosed. Unfortunately this patient only survived for 12 months after diagnosis.

Male Breast Cancer

1% of breast cancers are found in men. The survival rate is much lower than in women as most breast cancers in men are only detected in advanced stages. This tumor was palpable at the time of imaging, there is a well established vascular feed which has even caused increased blood flow at the left brachial plexus and there is also drainage toward the sternum that extends to below the left breast.

The Breast Screening Procedure

This procedure is totally painless and there is no compression or contact with the body. The test is non invasive, uses no radiation, and is F.D.A regulated.

A Breast screening program should include:

– Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are eligible for screening.

– Breast thermography as an adjunct for women of all ages.

– A regular breast examination by a health professional.

– Monthly breast self-examination.

– Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.

– Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.

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Early Detection Guidelines

One day there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage.

These methods include:

– Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are eligible for screening.
– Breast thermography as an adjunct for women of all ages.
– A regular breast examination by a health professional.
– Monthly breast self-examination.
– Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.
– Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.

These guidelines should be discussed with your healthcare professional and considered along with your medical history.

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