A Canadian study recently blew open the idea that mammography, as a tool screening tool for breast cancer, may not in fact be as effective as previously thought. Other public debates have shown the downside of this testing procedure, as well as its limitations. Mammography uses x-ray technology to examine the breast for tissue abnormalities that may require further study. Currently, Canadian health officials recommend mammography examinations to women over the age of 50, thought to be in the highest risk category for the development of breast cancer. It is hoped that in examining the breast through x-ray, tumours can be detected early. There are many limitations to mammography: including overdiagnosis and missing important tissue abnormalities, particularly in women who have denser breasts.
We offer Computer Regulation Thermography at our centre. This is a technique for measuring the functional health of a woman’s breasts by examining the organs’s ability to heat or cool in response to a change in the room’s temperature. This simple and non-invasive procedure (there is no exposure to harmful radiation) reveals potential areas for concern, that should be monitored over time, or assessed by other screening techniques. Thermography is not meant to replace mammography or clinical examination by a medical professional. However, it does enable a woman, of any age, to empower herself with proactive knowledge towards taking control of her own health.
The only way breast cancer can be diagnosed is through biopsy of a breast tumour. Mammography and thermography can signal potential problems, but can not offer a definitive diagnosis. Self-examination is not recommended.
It is important for women to ask questions of their medical care providers. It is not enough to simply accept a best public recommendation before fully understanding how it applies to your own personal situation. Knowledge allows you to adequately advocate for your continued health, and care in situations of disease. We would love to meet with you and talk about building a personal health profile, including a portrait of your breasts’ current functional health. Bring your tough questions, be proactive and advocate for your own continued well-being.