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?

When I arrived for my appointment I was shown to a small room and asked to remove my clothes from the waist up. I was told this was to allow my body to acclimate to the room’s temperature of 70 degrees. After about 15 minutes I was instructed to sit comfortably and place my hands behind my head. Nine images were taken with a medical-grade camera and immediately sent to a computer where they were digitally analyzed and displayed as high-resolution images. As I posed my breasts for the camera I was able to see, on the computer screen, my blood vessel vasculature beneath the skin. A whole new way of viewing your breasts, I can assure you. When we were done the practitioner explained the Thermal images to me, and a week later I received a full thumbs up report from my medical doctor.

According to Dr. Susan Lark M.D. you should never have another mammogram, because they may actually increase your risk of developing breast cancer. So why are they used at all? Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, has stated that,  “We know that mammography screening has serious limitations, yet it has been sold as the be-all and end-all for breast cancer; but what we are telling women is that we don’t have a good screening test to detect breast cancer early and we’re not sure what to do when we find it early.”

Well, ladies and gentlemen, there is an excellent breast screening test available and since so many doctors and women are still not aware of the benefits of Thermography I am sharing my experience with you in hopes you will use this life saving technology to insure for yourself, your friends and daughters, a long, healthy and radiation free life. To find a Digital Infrared Thermal Imagining practitioner in your area click HERE, and please share this information with others.

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James Maynard
James Maynard6 years ago

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?

Annie Bowlby
Annie Bowlby6 years ago

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.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter6 years ago

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.

sr G.
stacey groves6 years ago

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**

Christine Daniels

thank you

june t.
reft h6 years ago

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

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Michele Wilkinson

I had not heard of thermogram before.
Thank you

Ellie Damann
.7 years ago

save second base

Kathy C.
Kathy Carty8 years ago

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.