by Tammy Leiner, Clinical Thermographer – Level 3
Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Contact Studio BE to make your thermography appointment today.
Thermography. Have you heard about it? There’s a 3 in 10 chance you have. Have you had one? There is a 1 in 10 chance you did.
If not, here’s what you need to know.
Thermography is a safe, non-invasive Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging detection system that looks at breast tissue much differently than traditional diagnostics. This technology visualizes and measures vascular patterns and heat activities in the body. Many holistic individuals are interested in this preventative screening diagnostic tool due to its non-invasiveness and lack of radiation exposure.
Unfortunately, there’s a bit of controversy surrounding this screening technique. Most medical physicians fail to take the time to understand it. Ask them why. They will often state it is not a standard of care procedure and neglect to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
In my opinion, the more information you have, the better decisions you can make about your health and well-being. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about thermography.
Thermography is a tool, used for different purposes than just finding a mass in the breast. Most breast masses are dense tissue or fluid filled cysts, but the fear factor is the main tool physicians use to do more and costlier procedures.
Thermography doesn’t visualize masses; it looks for risk factors such as hot spots, blood supply (vascularity), inflammation, and symmetry of the breasts (left & right breast temperatures are different). Since cancerous activity generates heat as it feeds and grows and requires a blood supply, it displays all of the factors listed above (fibroids and cysts do not). In addition, masses in the breast do not visualize until years later (between 5-7 years), growing unseen by standard of care diagnostic procedures.
In order to make an informed decision, consider asking your doctor these questions:

  • Are all breast lumps cancerous? What percentage are false positives?
  • What are the risks of radiation exposure? My understanding is that it can cause cancer, correct? Why are men exempt?
  • What can younger women between the ages of 20-40 with risk factors (also in child bearing years) do?
  • What about inflammatory breast cancer, which is not seen by traditional mammograms but can be seen with themography?
  • What about masses outside of the compression area, in the armpit, upper chest, or below the crease for example?
  • How do you account for the number of women whose breast cancer was found by thermography yet the mammogram missed it?

In addition to thermography, there are numerous ways you can prevent breast cancer.

  • Change Your Diet: Eliminate sugar, alcohol and carbohydrates. Add dark, leave greens, alkalize, or consider going Paleo or Vegan.
  • Get Moving: Regular exercise, such as pilates, barre, or even walking are known to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Reduce Stress: Consider yoga, stretching, breath work, or other known ways to reduce stress.
  • Implement Lymphatic Work: Regular massage, brushing, rebounding, breast massage—all are good ways to reduce breast cancer.

I’m reminded of an 84-year old woman diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer (no mass, just atypical cells noted in a calcification cluster). Her physician recommended a mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Knowing that the surgery, radiation, and chemo would more likely take her life than save it, she not so politely declined the doctor’s recommendation. Instead, she changed her diet, reduced her stress, and chelates weekly. In addition, we monitor her quarterly with thermography. So far, she’s doing great.
Again, thermography is just another tool in the toolbox. But there’s a reason a large percentage of my clients are in the nursing field.
Contact Studio BE today to make your appointment.