Monitoring Breast Health
Thermography monitors breast health using an infrared camera to capture high resolution images of temperature and vascular changes in the breasts. The temperature in tissue rises when infection, disease or a tumor is present. This temperature increase is the first change that takes place in cases of abnormal cellular function. Cancer cells grow and multiply at a rapid rate, so blood flow is higher in the areas near a growing tumor. Thermography detects inflammation through the increased skin temperature near these locations. The unique ability to alert a person of inflammation and abnormal cellular activities before it develops into cancer is the main benefit of thermography.
Early Detection and Intervention
Initial Scan: Client shows heat pattern indicative of estrogen dominance and general stress.
Six Month Follow-Up: Client reduced stress, addressed estrogen dominance, and changed eating habits (eliminated coffee and sugar), and performed lymphatic breast massage twice weekly.
Severe inflammation in a woman who consumed 8-12 diet sodas a day.
Significant reduction of inflammation just 10 days eliminating diet sodas altogether.
Positive comparative study
Showing changes over one year
This patient was also age 37 when her first baseline thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast. The follow-up study showed the pattern had become more well defined and although clinical correlation did not find anything remarkable it was decided to repeat the exam again in a further 3 months, when again significant changes were seen. Mammography was performed at this stage with the thermographic guidance of the locally suspicious area at 1 O’clock to the right nipple.
The mammographic findings were inconclusive and the patient was referred for a repeat mammogram in 12 months. Thermographic monitoring was continued and at the fifth comparative study at 12 months significant changes were still evident and the hyperthermic asymmetry (temperature differentials) had increased. Immediate further investigation was strongly recommended despite a scheduled mammogram in 6 months, and at the patients insistence a repeat mammogram was performed which clearly showed a small calcification (1 mm) at 1 O’clock. Within one week a lumpectomy had been performed with good margins and the pathology confirmed as a malignant carcinoma (DCIS). This patient has now had stable thermograms for the last 2 years and is expected to remain healthy.
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 cancer, skin discoloration, swelling and pain). Inflammatory breast cancer 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.
Average Growth Rate of
Breast Disease Tumor
Disease cells double in number on average every 90 days
Still Undetectable with mammography
|90 days||2 cells|
|1 year||16 cells|
|2 years||256 cells|
|3 years||4,096 cells|
|4 years||65,536 cells|
|5 years||1,048,576 cells|
|6 years||16,777,216 cells|
|7 years||268,435,456 cells|
|8 years||4,294,967,296 cells|
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
40 Doublings (Approx 10 years) is generally considered lethal
Screening thermography has the opportunity to detect changes at any stage in the development from the first year through to when a tumor is dense enough to be seen with mammography. This early detection of change can lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment options as well as the opportunity for patients and their healthcare practitioners to intervene at an early stage with preventative treatment.