In 2016 alone, The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer, as well as 40,450 cases of death from the disease. It is because of this, that regular breast cancer screenings are more important than ever. However, with that being said, how can one be sure which breast cancer screening method is going to be the right one? First off, you should always be performing your own self checks for lumps or abnormal formations. In combination with this, you should also be visiting your physician regularly to look for anything that cannot be felt through an at-home check. Traditional clinical screening methods typically involve the use of mammograms to look for cancerous cells hiding beneath the surface; however a newer method, thermography, has been gaining a lot of popularity due to its tremendous early detection benefits.
Thermography is a completely safe, non-evasive procedure that offers information that no other breast cancer screening procedure can provide. With the use of high-tech infrared cameras, new blood vessel formations in the breasts necessary to sustain tumor growth can be detected before cancer even starts. A thermography screening can also detect any abnormal estrogen levels your breasts may be exposed to. And because a lifetime exposure to estrogen in the breasts is the single greatest threat for developing breast cancer, detection early on can lower the risk of getting the disease significantly. If abnormal estrogen levels or blood vessel formations are present in the breast, a woman can work with a physician right away to remedy the problem before breast cancer ever has a chance to develop. Methods for addressing overexposure to estrogen in the breasts may include a treatment plan aimed at balancing out the hormones in the body.
So when deciding on whether to have a mammography or thermography performed, which should you choose? We suggest both! Why? Because thermographic imaging can detect some important things that a mammogram cannot, like abnormal estrogen exposure or new blood vessel formations mentioned earlier. Additionally, while a mammogram hasn’t shown any real benefits for a woman under the age of 40, thermography can be used by women as early as age 20 to detect any cancerous precursors. This can be a great way for women concerned about getting breast cancer in the future (due to a family history or otherwise) to enact a preventive treatment plan before the disease ever has a chance to occur.
Interested in having a thermographic screening performed? Please contact Simply Women’s Health at 1.208.994.5700. Simply Women’s Health is your one-stop women’s health center located in Meridian, Idaho. Please check out our list of available services to learn more about how we can be of service to you!