What is a thermogram?
A thermogram, or as it is also called, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, is a FDA approved method of measuring patterns of heat emitted from the body, In relation to breast cancer, a thermogram detects angiogenesis which is the growth of new blood vessels. These new blood vessels feed a tumor and they show up as higher temperature in breast tissue.
What is the difference between a thermogram and a mammogram?
First, these are two entirely different methods of screening for breast cancer and thermograms in no way replace mammograms. Mammograms detect structure or anatomy such as a tumor; thermograms detect a process or physiology like inflammation or angiogenesis.
Second, mammograms use radiation and compression; thermograms use neither – so there is no damage to fragile, cellular DNA and there is no risk from radiation (and even though mammograms use low radiation, THERE IS NO SAFE LOW RADIATION). For women with BRCA 1or 2, please click on “Research” and then “Clinical Studies.”
Third, thermograms view a larger area (all the way up parallel to and under the arm pit) which is one of the reasons why they have a better detection rate.
Fourth and most importantly, because thermograms detect the growth of new blood cells, they detect cancerous conditions in the breast up to 8 years before a mammogram can detect a tumor. So since no one knows how to prevent cancer, early detection seems to be your best chance for overcoming this dreaded disease.