October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we would like to start a little early to raise awareness about this very important topic. On Wednesday, September 25th Dr. Philip Getson will join us for a presentation on an alternative to mammography.
Knowledge is Power
In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women after skin cancer. These days much of the information about Breast Cancer is fear-driven and dis-empowering and often leads to confusion about how to properly manage breast health. What we want to do is dispel any fears you might have and empower you with facts that will help you make the choices which are right for you.
Breast cancer screening can identify breast cancer before a person notices any physical symptoms. Early detection can enable a person to undergo less invasive treatments with better outcomes. We recommend regular screenings, depending on your age and individual risk factors.
Mammography vs Thermography
Screening Mammogram: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast, in women who have no signs of breast cancer. It usually involves two X-rays of each breast. The aim of a screening mammogram is to detect a tumor that cannot be felt.
Diagnostic Mammogram: A screening mammogram is different from a screening mammogram which involves more X-rays. Diagnostic mammography is done because of the findings a screening mammogram found. These are breast changes (such as a lump) or special circumstances, such as breast implants.
Thermography: Thermography utilizes state of the art, FDA approved infra red technology to provide an image of the body’s physiologic responses. Thermography detects the physiologic changes in the breast tissue that have been shown to correlate with pre-disease or disease states. Since thermal imaging detects changes at the cellular level, studies suggest that this test can detect activity eight to ten years before any other test. With Thermography the potential exists for early intervention of a proactive nature to facilitate the best possible outcomes for breast health. Thermographic screening is a totally safe painless test with no radiation, no compression and no contraindications.
By detecting thermal asymmetry or by noting alterations of the vascular patterns, your midwife has more information with which to make an assessment of breast, neurological and other conditions. With Thermography, we are not mining for cancer; we are providing natural, simple techniques to help women get back in touch with their bodies instead of being in a constant state of fear regarding their breast health.
Thermal imaging has been an available medical test for more than 50 years, and its non-medical applications predate that by a decade. Despite controversy in its early days, this tool has withstood the test of time and has become the mainstay in many diagnostic endeavors. With the increasing technological advances of thermal imaging cameras and the newest and best software available, a better question would be WHY NOT THERMOGRAPHY!
Thermography vs. Mammography: Personal Choice
Former Mayo Clinic Medical Editor Dr. Robert Sheeler, tells us that breast imaging and detection isn’t a one-size-fits-all conversation, and that both thermography and mammography have their drawbacks and advantages. What makes sense for you may not work for your mother, sister, best friend or co-worker! You should figure out what is best for you and your family and what your culture finds most acceptable rather than just say, “this will work for everybody”.
Let’s Be Empowered
Join us for an educational and informative talk and be a part of the quest to bring about changes in the current medical paradigm. On September 25th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm Dr. Philip Getson will discuss the current testing available for breast cancer detection juxtaposed with our theory of creating and maintaining not only breast health but overall health with the use of Thermography along with diet and lifestyle modifications. Join us to discover how this diagnostic tool can provide early insight into disorders of the breast as well as other systems in the body.
Dr. Getson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Neurology at Drexel University Hospital in Philadelphia, and is a Board Certified Thermologist.
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