What is Thermography?

When was Thermography First Used to Investigate Breast Cancer?

Digital Infrared Imaging was first used to investigate breast cancer in 1957 by Dr. Raymond Lawson, M.D., a surgeon and tumor metabolism researcher.  Since then, there have been over 800 peer-reviewed studies in medical literature, studying over 300,000 women.  In 1982, the FDA approved thermography as a breast screening procedure.  Over the past 30 years, there have been larger studies supporting its effectiveness, as well as the development of strict, standardized protocols, and technological advancements in imaging hardware and computer processing.

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Cancer cells used to be normal cells, but because of DNA or cell mutation, the cells have replicated out of control, becoming cancerous. When our immune systems are compromised, they cannot fight off these cancer cells. This is why it is critical to maintain a strong immune system with lots of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy kind (broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, etc.).  Also, there are hundreds of studies and research to show that radiation affects and damages the very DNA in our cells, especially with repeated exposure.

There are other things that can cause cancer.  Hormonal imbalances, environmental pollution, family history, the foods we eat, can all cause our immune systems to fail. Most breast cancers are estrogen dependent, which is why it is crucial for every woman to check their hormone levels. You can do this through your OB/GYN.   It is not only important to see what your hormone levels are, but to see how they are metabolizing with a special test called Estronex. Since this is not a routine test, you must ask for it by name, or see a qualified nutritionist who can give you the test.

This will not be revealed with a mammogram, since mammography is a structural test, a test of anatomy, and it’s detection once you already HAVE cancer. Quite simply, thermography detects the abnormal vascular development, which is identified early, before the cancer is large enough to be detected with a mammogram, or any other imaging method. 

Seeking the help of a nutritionist, and with a simple blood test, it can be detected that, as an example, estrogen is metabolizing in such a way as to promote cancer growth.  With a strict diet,  the right natural supplements and most critically, balancing the hormones, you are able to actually reverse the abnormal vascularity.   Choose thermography and hormone balancing.

Why Should I Choose Thermography?

*Non-Invasive – nothing touches the body
*Painless – absolutely no compression
*Radiation-Free – hundreds of studies and research have shown repeated exposure to radiation  increases your cancer risk
*FDA approved since 1982
*Over 800 peer-reviewed studies on the effectiveness of thermography
*No prescription necessary
*Efficient – your first visit will be approximately 30 minutes.
While emphasis is being placed on research and the cure, prevention is the REAL cure.

Susan G. Komen Study

The Susan G. Komen Foundation funded a study released in May 2007, that essentially found that our increasingly polluted and toxic environment is much to blame for the rise in cancer. As reported in the press:
More than 200 chemicals – many found in urban air and everyday consumer products – cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today.

Writing in a publication of the American Cancer Society, researchers concluded that reducing exposure to the compounds could prevent many women from developing the disease.

The research team from five institutions analyzed a growing body of evidence linking environmental contaminants to breast cancer, the leading killer of U.S. women in their late 30s to early 50s.

Experts say that family history and genes are responsible for a small percentage of breast cancer cases but that environmental or lifestyle factors such as diet are probably involved in the vast majority.
In other words, environmental toxins continually pollute the body. Our natural detoxification systems work less efficiently over time. More free radicals are formed, damaging our DNA. The stage is set for the disease.

Thermography is a screening tool which can help raise suspicions of breast cancer at an early stage when there is still a chance of complete cure.

Mammography vs. Thermography

Researchers have long warned that the compressive force used to obtain useable mammograms may be a contributing factor to breast cancer:

The British standard for the force used to squeeze the breast as flat as possible corresponds to placing twenty 1 kilogram bags of sugar on each breast. Researchers [at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland] fear that this force may be excessive and enough to dislocate and spread any existing cancer cells. Animal experiments have shown that the number of cancer sites can increase by as much as 80% when tumors are manipulated mechanically. A recent study in Malmo, Sweden found that the death rate from breast cancer among women under 55 was 29% higher in a group which had been screened with mammography than in the unscreened control group. [2]

There is mounting evidence that the x-rays from repeated mammograms induce cancer. Dr. John W. Gofman, an authority on the health effects of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure to the ionizing radiation. This includes mammography, x-rays and other medical and dental sources.

“Since a mammogram is basically an x-ray (radiation) of the breast, I do not recommend mammograms to my patients for two reasons: 1) Few radiologists are able to read mammogams correctly, therefore limiting the procedure’s effectiveness. Even the man who developed this technique stated on national television that only about six radiologists in the United States could read them correctly. 2) In addition, each time the breasts are exposed to an x-ray, the risk of breast cancer increases by 2 percent.”

The August 2007 issue of Radiology bemoans the growing number of mammography centers across the United States that are closing down. Radiologists blame low reimbursement from the insurance companies and a frightening degree of liability.

With mammograms, the false negative reading rates (not detecting cancers) range from 10% to 40%.

According to the 2002 Breast Cancer Study, issued by the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), internists were named in 7% of the surveyed failure-to-diagnose breast cancer suits brought during the 1990s. Family physicians were named in 11% of cases and gynecologists in 29%. Radiologists topped the list, however, being named in 40% of all failure-to-diagnose breast cancer claims.

Though our primary focus is for the prevention of breast cancer, Coastal Thermal Imaging LLC also conducts full or partial-body scanning, which is an excellent screening tool that gives you an “inside look” of what’s going on inside your body before a symptom even presents itself.