Breast cancer is a fact of life for many women, and the threat of breast cancer always looms large.
The science of detecting cancer has progressed significantly in the last few years, but the challenge remains in identifying breast cancer in younger women. The preferred method for detecting breast cancer of late has been compression mammography, which works comparatively well for older women. The issue arises when the patient is a young woman, who typically have firmer tissue in their breasts.
Compression mammography cannot differentiate between lumps of normal healthy tissue and cancerous tissue. Moreover, they require exposure to radiation which, over a period of time, may lead to a low risk of cancer. Women with denser breast tissue and women with breast implants may find this type of treatment to be less accurate.
Compression mammography may lead to unnecessary treatment of non-malignant cancer, this type of mammography has a high false-positive result rate which can lead to biopsies and additional screening and in some cases, women opting for mastectomies. At times It may lead to inaccurate diagnoses and treatment which is just not required.
So what should a young woman who is seeking a comprehensive test do?
The answer lies in thermal mammography, a type of thermography used in breast cancer screening. A thermal camera is used to take pictures of the breasts to find areas of differing temperatures, and these images are displayed as a thermal map. Cancerous growth is associated with excessive blood vessel formation and inflammation in breast tissue. These anomalies are posted on the thermal image as areas with higher skin temperature.
Thermal Mammography is a non-invasive, contactless procedure which does not cause discomfort from breast compression. There is no risk of radiation exposure and can be used safely even over a period of years. This method of breast cancer screening is useful for women with dense breast tissue and women with breast implants. The results of the testing are not affected by hormone changes in women.