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Breast Cancer Detection
Thermal Image Processing vs. Mammography


Thermal Image Processing, or TIP, pushes back early cancer detection by years. It allows time for alternative, non-invasive treatment without the many problems associated with mammography - problems explored by no less prestigious a medical journal than the Lancet (July 1995). Given the conclusion of a large, long-term study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (September 2000) the continued use of mammography has become even more questionable. The study found that for women in their 50s, an annual mammogram was no more effective in preventing deaths from breast cancer than periodic physical examinations.

How the Alternative Works
Current theories of cancer indicate everyone has cancer cells. Such cells are created from normal cells by carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), viruses, or radiation. When cancer cells do not divide, grow rapidly or spread, but are held in check by a person's immune system, they are not a problem.

However, when a person's immune system weakens, from toxins, stress, genetic predisposition, or other causes, cancer cells can increase and become a threat. At first, cancer cells take their nutrition from surrounding cells, but early in the growth of cancer, such cells begin to obtain their own blood supply. With a blood supply established, cancers can grow at an explosive rate.

The fact that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and areas surrounding developing breast cancer is almost always higher - and produces higher temperatures -- than in the normal breast offers an excellent means to early cancer detection via thermography. Thermography captures images of hot and cold areas of the body. (For more information, refer to "Thermal Image Processing, Breast Cancer Detection Years Earlier," Alternative Medicine, September 1999.)

State-of-the-art breast thermography uses highly sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computer technology to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images. The procedure is both comfortable and safe, and requires neither radiation nor compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered by any other procedure. (For more details, refer to the website of The Cancer Cure Foundation, www.cancure.org/breast_thermography.htm).

Why Mammography is not The Solution
Mammography was not and has not been particularly productive in identifying breast cancer, but because of its usefulness in surgical treatment, it became the chief tool of detection. The harm of radiation and physically squeezing the breasts was considered lightly, if at all. (For more economically motivated reasons mammography came to prominence, refer to "The Economics of Mammography," in Alternative Magazine, September 1999).

But as early as July 1995, C. J. Wright and C. B. Mueller in their article "Screening Mammography and Public Health Policy: The Need for Perspective," in the Lancet, were raising serious questions about the medical community's reliance on mammography to detect breast cancer. The authors offered the following facts: One, the great majority of positive screenings are false; two, these false positives lead to many unnecessary investigations and useless surgeries; three, a negative screening does not mean the absence of breast cancer, and four, in the large majority of women whose breast cancer is diagnosed via mammography, the outcome is unchanged.

With reference to the last point, the Lancet authors stated that breast cancer had been present many years before mammography could detect it - in other words, the early detection supposedly offered by mammography was not that early.

Other concerns with mammography include radiation exposure directly to the breast tissue, and the potential for spreading an existing mass of cancer cells through the physical squeezing of the breast. (For detailed discussion of these and other concerns, please refer to "How Mammography Causes Cancer," in Alternative Medicine, September 1999). Concerns about mammography have anything but disappeared. In April 2004, the health website "healing daily" was posting a discussion of concerns about the cumulative effect of mammography x-rays, which are a thousand times more powerful than a chest x-ray and capable of genetic damage. For more details on radiation and other concerns with mammography, refer to www.healingdaily.com/conditions/mammograms.htm

It May Be Up to You
If you want to protect the health of your breasts, and to have ample time to pursue alternative, non-invasive treatments like detoxification and boosting immunity, it may be up to you to press for check-ups with Thermal Imaging Processing. Establishing a thermographic baseline is another advantage to early detection - so the sooner, the better!

Thermography is now available in a number of California cities, including Thousand Oaks, Redwood City, Los Angeles, Chula Vista, Pleasanton, Windsor, Sebastopol, and Santa Rosa. For addresses and phone numbers of these and other U.S. thermal imaging centers go to www.cancure.org/breast_thermography.htm.
 

Trudi J. Pratt, D.C. Phone (530) 244-7873