We all go through it, most of us every couple of years.
If you have breasts, you are used to them being man-handled (even if by a woman) and squashed between two plates of hard-core plastic before being subjected to ‘safe’ levels of radiation.
If you are flat-chested, it’s no better – they just gather up as much skin as they can grip and wedge it tightly between those plates.
Women have often joked that if it were men getting their private bits treated like that then someone would find a kinder method that was just as effective.
Well, I recently found a solution that is totally non-invasive (ie no pain or risk of radiation) and … it actually picks up suspect cells way ahead of traditional breast screening. That’s got to be better for your health!
Given that breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 -44 (US statistic), it is obvious that a pressing need exists for another test to identify these cancers when they are just starting to develop and are still small enough to be cured.
DITI – Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging offers the opportunity of earlier detection and is especially appropriate for younger women (25-50) whose denser breast tissue makes it significantly more difficult for mammography to be effective.
Women need to understand the difference between mass screening programs and diagnostic screening. Mammograms and Ultrasounds are diagnostic screening tools needed when a suspicious area has been found by other means.
Current research goes as far as saying that mammograms are not a suitable mass screening device for anyone and even the print media acknowledges that mammograms are not suitable as a mass screening device for women under 50.
Mass screening needs to be risk free and suitable for a wide range of clients on a repeatable basis. Thermography (DITI) is now the internationally recognized method for mass screening. It is safe, very effective and cost efficient. It can be used safely over the long term as no radiation is involved.
The principle of informed consent in medicine is ignored if women are not informed of the evidence in relation to the risk of using mammography as a mass screening tool. And if women more readily consent to annual mammograms because they have been given “misinformation” this is as bad as obtaining consent by deliberately blocking valid information. Women are entitled to know the full range of responsible opinion about the benefits, the risks, and the many uncertainties of mammography.
An international review has criticized the letters and handouts that NSW gives to patients, saying they manipulate women into agreeing to a mammogram rather than supporting an informed choice. This research by Copenhagen epidemiologist, Peter Gotzsche has forced BreastScreen NSW to change the information it gives to women. Their leaflet “Why is having a breast screen (mammogram) a good idea?” was an example of biased language used to coerce women. Now they must also supply facts on the dangers of mammograms so women may make an informed choice.
Mammography X-rays use a low energy form of ionizing radiation which causes greater biological damage than the high energy X-ray used for chest X-rays and is almost 5 times more effective at causing cancer. The very low energy electrons affects the density of ionisation tracks that pass through the tissue which can cause complex damage to the DNA and carcinogenic changes.
Also research into doubling rates (growth rates) of tumours show that the average breast tumour takes eight (8) years to reach the stage of being seen on a mammogram. This is only one year ahead of manual palpation. Thermograms show cell changes after two years of growth. This is a huge advantage! This radically changes the understanding of early diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Thermogram screening is available in Sydney at Thermography Australia Ph 02 9436 2992
Information provided by Pauline Rose from Complementary Ecological Medicine – a practice focussing on wellness. Pauline is highly trained in traditional and alternative healthcare and is considered an expert in certain areas of women’s health. Her practice has been operating for 35 years and Pauline has been managing the practice herself for around 10 years. CEM uses the latest advanced information and resources to maintain wellness, diagnose conditions and provide exemplary, complementary patient care.
Since this post was published there has been a growth in thermal mammography providers making unsubstantiated claims. We understand Pauline Rose has not been targeted by this industry cleanout due to her professional status. We urge women who use thermal mammography to use it in addition to traditional testing to provide a broader health picture.