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How Not To Mash Your Breasts

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How Not To Mash Your Breasts

I was recently informed by a medical practitioner that I would need to have a mammogram to determine the health of my breasts. I informed the doctor that I had no intention of mashing my breasts between two glass plates and subjecting them to toxic radiation. I then inquired as to whether a Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermogram) would be acceptable and was not surprised to hear that she had no idea what I was talking about. Although approved for breast cancer screening by the FDA since the early eighties, this painless, radiation-free and effective screening is little known amongst women and doctors, despite the fact that it is MORE effective than mammograms in detecting breast cancer.

After non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and in women ages 25-30, it is the leading cause of death overall. And yet the medical industry relies on an x-ray machine with a high rate of false-positive readings that reads cancer only after it has grown large enough for detection. Thermography, on the other hand, is a physiologic exam where a picture is taken of the heat that radiates from the breasts. No radiation, no compressions, no touchy feely, and studies show it can increase a woman’s survival rate 61 percent by detecting a pre-cancerous state years before it might be found by mammography, ultrasound, or physical exam. When Thermal Imaging is combined with a structural exam, the detection rate of breast cancer approaches 95 percent. Do I now have your attention?

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6:53AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Would it help to petition the AMA and whoever
is the insurance companies association to make
thermography the preferred method of screening
since it is apparently superior?

7:12AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Several ladies have asked about the difference in price between thermography and mammography and whether insurance pays for thermography. The answer is that I don't know blanket answers to either of these questions. In my area, around Portland, Oregon, thermograms cost about $125 and insurance will only pay after someone gets an abnormal mammogram. Typical orthodox medicine approach! If I were wanting a thermogram, I would just go get it and consider the money well spent. Avoid the hassle and the danger of a mammogram and take care of myself. Let the insurance pay for other necessary things.

8:29PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Great in theory, but there's the problem of insurance coverage. Many insurance plans, including mine, don't cover anything they consider to be "alternative" medical treatments, including Thermography.

8:33AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Do you know what the difference is in price for Thermography vs. Mammography? Also, is it covered by most people's health plans? Going through the website, there don't seem to be very many practitioners, and they are few and far between for most people. I guess you just gotta start somewhere... **sigh**

6:19AM PDT on May 19, 2013

thank you

11:18PM PDT on May 16, 2013

I read about this technology awhile ago, but it is not available in every community, so it isn't always a choice.

1:37AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:54PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I had not heard of thermogram before.
Thank you

2:40PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

save second base

11:52AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Annie, your words "sheep to the slaughter" are so accurate with mainstream MD's, not only in regards to mammograms, but also prescription drug therapy.

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