Approach to Breast Health Screening

The purpose of breast thermography is to detect the earliest conditions that may lead to cancer.  It is a safe, radiation-free tool for picking up a potentially cancerous process long before a breast tumor actually develops and becomes a threat.  The sensitivity of thermography exceeds that of mammography, meaning that a normal thermogram has a smaller chance of missing cancer when compared to a normal mammogram. With a normal thermogram, you can rule out breast cancer in the great majority of cases.

Although an abnormal thermogram could point to a possible breast cancer, it is not a diagnostic test, because it lacks the specificity to show whether cancer actually exists. Thus, it is important to understand that the results of a Thermascan must be corroborated with other tests such as ultrasound, mammography, MRI and clinical breast exam.

Based on the new international guidelines, women with normal thermograms should ideally be screened on a regular, annual basis.  Women with abnormal thermograms should undergo screening more frequently, depending on the degree of abnormality.  Recommendations for repeat thermographic imaging are based solely on the findings of the study and are not based on the number of mammograms previously performed.

If you have an abnormal thermogram, Dr. Pittman may then recommend that you get an ultrasound in order to determine whether you have a cyst or mass of some kind.  We use several effective, non-invasive strategies to eliminate cysts and prevent future cysts from forming.  If it’s a mass, then a biopsy may be indicated.  If there is no cyst or mass, you can still adopt an anti-cancer nutrition and botanical program on a precautionary basis. 

Dr. Pittman emphasizes that women should not be alarmed by an abnormal thermogram.  “If you do have an abnormal thermogram, you do not need to feel stressed or anxious about it, because in most cases it does not mean that there is an actual disease situation—only the potential for creating disease,” he says.  “Areas of heat or vascularity are warning signs that a cancer could start to take root and then manifest years down the road.  The abnormal thermogram is just a well-defined risk factor that you can then change so that your risk of actually getting breast cancer is greatly minimized.”

In essence, breast thermography enables you to be highly proactive about long-term breast health.  It can help alert you to the physiologic potential for supporting the growth of a breast tumor long before that tumor becomes a reality.  Thus, with thermography, you can take steps to ward off a problem that would only be picked up years later by mammography.  By using anti-cancer nutrition, herbal therapy, and other integrative medicine strategies, you can then turn this situation around and get your body back “in the clear.”