Thermography helps prevent breast cancer
Translation of an article by Dr. Robert L. Kane
According to statistics, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This will undoubtedly affect the ordinary course of her life, her family, her friends and society. While scientists spend an incalculable amount of money to find a cure for cancer, women are taught that detecting cancer at the initial stage is possible with the help of mammography, and this is the only way to overcome the disease. Is this all that can be done? Something is missing in this big picture. Something that should be added to create a world WITHOUT BREAST CANCER!!!
Mammography in recent years has become controversial and has been called into question. The fact is that the US guidelines on breast screening with mammography have recently been changed and new recommendations have been issued to undergo a yearly examination, not from the age of 40 but from the age of 50. This implies that women currently do not have effective methods of screening for breast cancer, and women after 50 are usually less likely to undergo screening.
Women who develop cancer before the age of 50 usually suffer a more aggressive and dangerous form of the disease, which is why it is very important for them to have real opportunities for breast screening. For women over 50, the percentage of cancer detection by mammography is 80-90%, which sounds very good, unless you take into account that for 5 out of 10 women, mammograms did not show cancer, and it was diagnosed with a delay. Even if you approve or disapprove of mammography or believe in its effectiveness, this is not the point. It doesn’t matter whether you are for or against mammography. Even advocates of mammography recognize that the status quo is not good enough.
Why is this obvious? Our strategies and tools for early detection of the disease still need improvement, and we can’t ignore the obvious truth. Early diagnosis is always belated. In order to detect cancer, you need to have it already, and the treatment is usually invasive. We need something better. When I was a child, I remember that the creed of medicine at that time was: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Alternative medicine specialists, together with progressive doctors of traditional medicine, are returning to sources to help the body function better and prevent the development of the disease by natural means. While early diagnosis and finding a cure remain important, we must focus on preventing the disease if we want to get rid of cancer.
In this regard, let me introduce you to a forty-year-old technology that has come back – thermography.
Thermography is a noninvasive, radiation-free method of visualizing breast physiology by detecting changes in heat in breast vessels and inflammation. By evaluating physiology, we include an important component that was missed in anatomical methods, such as mammography.
Principle of Thermography. Heat is produced in the breast during natural metabolism in tissues and transferred to the surface by blood flow. Our bodies emit heat into the environment in the form of infrared energy. In order to capture this energy, thermography uses special cameras with infrared detectors.
Later on, the image can be interpreted by doctor by accurately measuring temperatures in the areas of interest. Healthy breast tissue produces characteristic temperature patterns that are visible on thermograms, while measured temperatures in similar breast parts may differ within the limits of normal (Fig. 1 and 2).
Cancer produces heat through a combination of increased metabolism and inflammation. Heat from the tumor moves though the circulatory system to the skin surface, where it can be detected by a thermographic camera (Fig. 4 and 5). In addition, cancer can expand the number of blood vessels through the production of nitrogen oxide, thereby creating its own source of nutrition; this process is called angiogenesis (Fig. 6). Both these phenomena can appear on the breast surface in the form of heat, thus allowing us to detect them (Fig. 3 and 4).
Thermal changes associated with metabolic activity and tumor growth, and to a lesser extent with the size of the tumor or the depth of its location (Fig. 7-9).
The more aggressive and metabolically active the tumor is, the higher the chances of seeing it on the thermogram. Consequently, even a very small aggressively growing tumor can be detected on a thermogram, while a mammogram does not reveal it due to the small size of the cancerous tumor.
Thermography and Cancer Prevention
One of the main advantages of thermography is its ability to provide predictive information, allowing health coaches like us to use information obtained from a thermograph to select the necessary natural method to prevent cancer development. A thermography breast examination can show the risk of cancer long before the formation and division of cancer cells.
A large number of thermography examinations, documenting physiological changes associated with breast cancer before the anatomical mammography detection, showed that
- 38% of patients with false positive thermograms (thermography showed a risk of cancer, and mammography did not) were diagnosed with cancer in the following 4 years;
- 23% of patients under close surveillance with false-positive thermograms, were diagnosed with cancer within the following 10 years.
According to Goteri, a thermogram showing a high risk of breast cancer is 10 times more important than medical records of the family (the history of cancer development in the family: diseases of ancestors, parents). Hobbins later stated that a thermogram indicating a high risk of the disease implies 22 times greater probability of breast cancer development than an examination revealing a low risk of developing the disease. This is extremely important information if we are trying to prevent cancer development. If thermography can be used to identify physiological signals that precede cancer and warn of future risk, it can also be used to monitor opportunities for and effects of therapeutic interventions to effectively reduce the risk.
Although there is currently no scientifically proven method for fighting cancer, there is ample evidence and research showing the impact of certain factors, such as nutrition and lifestyle, on increasing the risk of the disease. What is most important is that all these risk factors can be changed, improved, or eliminated completely by changing the diet and natural therapy. This is an opportunity to develop therapy for cancer prevention. Therapeutic effects can later be monitored by thermography to see the effectiveness of the treatment (Fig. 5 and 6).
What are the Advantages of Thermography Compared to Other Tests that Try to Evaluate the Risk?
The BRCA test shows non-modifiable factors that cannot be used to determine the treatment effectiveness. Checking the level of estrogen, estrogen metabolite and progesterone provides information relevant to the entire body, and does not directly evaluate the effect of these hormones on breast tissue. Breast tissue can contain a concentration of estrogen in the form of serum up to 50 times higher than its content in the blood. A saliva test is used to evaluate the hormone level in the tissue, but does not take into account that the breast produces estrogen locally, while salivary glands do not. The above laboratory tests are still very helpful in determining therapeutic effects and in monitoring the impact of these effects. They should not be excluded. Thermography, in turn, is a direct indicator of breast physiology and is eventually needed to display the desired changes.
Thermography and Evaluation of the Estrogen Effect on the Breast
Speaking of estrogen, thermography can offer other unique information. Thermography can determine breast specific estrogen dominance. It differs from estrogen dominance on the entire body in that it manifests itself in the breast, and may or may not affect the entire body. Breast specific estrogen dominance (BSED) produces the same changes in vessels as during pregnancy and milk production (Fig. 7-9). These changes are clearly different from those that occur in case of cancer and help us determine breast specific estrogen dominance and also help determine if it is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer development. If breast specific estrogen dominance (BSED) is detected, thermography can help in tracking the effectiveness of the applied treatment.
In order to defeat cancer, we need to move from early diagnosis to prevention.
To implement the transition to preventive therapy, we need to be able to identify modifiable risks and learn how to improve or exclude them. If we want to track how effective the chosen method of prevention is, we must turn to thermography to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of treatment on breast physiology.
The images are interpreted by Dr. Robert Kane, a leading specialist in thermography.
Robert L. Kane, a chiropractic physician, a thermography expert certified by the American Council of Clinical Thermography, and a member of the International Academy of Clinical Thermography.
Medical thermography (MT) is a safe diagnostic method for determining the overall picture of the patient’s health and monitoring diseases such as:
- breast cancer, headaches, allergies;
- dental pathology;
- carotid artery diseases;
- digestive dysfunction, liver and gallbladder dysfunction;
- disorders of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.
This is a highly accurate remote sensing technique that without touching the body, without irradiation, makes it possible, for example, to detect the spread of a cancerous tumor in a mammary gland at earlier stages, sometimes several years before it is possible by other checkup methods.
This technique is absolutely safe even for pregnant women, it is suitable for all ages, including young women, and, unlike the widely used mammography, makes it possible to examine women with large breasts and high tissue density, with breast prostheses, and after surgery and irradiation.
Studies have shown that MT can detect early signs of breast cancer up to 8 years earlier than mammography.
Thermography is a technique for measuring and recording infrared radiation emanating from the body. Today, thermography uses a system consisting of an infrared digital video camera and a computer.
The infrared camera “sees” and “measures” what we call “metabolism”, thermoregulation or thermal energy emitted by the body. Shots taken by this camera at five different shooting angles can be saved in a computer and instantly transmitted anywhere in the world for interpretation and diagnosis.
This system is called DITI, which stands for Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging.
Medical thermography can see the blood supply that “feeds” the tumor in its nucleating center. The operating principle of the thermographic device is based on the knowledge that a cancerous tumor developing extremely rapidly in the body needs a large number of blood vessels for life support; therefore, the blood flow around the developing tumor considerably exceeds the usual level.
The blood flow causes an increase in thermal radiation. The infrared camera is able to detect local changes in body temperature with an accuracy of 0.01 degrees Celsius, so it can determine physiological changes in the breast at the micro-level.
Thermography today is the only method that can show the process of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that develop in the tumor for its nutrition and oxygen supply), when the tumor is still no larger than a pinhead, which makes it quite easy to remove the tumor and thereby cure the disease completely.
Thermography is the most effective way of preventing diseases that are currently diagnosed only in the late stages.
Medical thermography delivered the best results in detecting risks of breast cancer much earlier than any other screening tool. Studies have shown that it can detect early signs of breast cancer up to 8 years earlier than mammography. A sensitive IR video camera can even detect a slight but visible pulsation created by the blood flow through blood vessels.
The only possible way to detect an emerging tumor at this stage is to create a thermographic baseline and monitor the detection of early signs of the tumor every year. It is much better to prevent breast cancer 8 years in advance than to simply avoid it.
Mammograms are a good tool for determining the exact location of a developed tumor, but it is not an early warning system for breast cancer. Early is a relative term if mammography can only see the tumor at the 8th year of growth. Of course, this is earlier than the 10th year, but in any case, even at the 7th year of tumor development it may be too late to change the result in the future.
The real danger of breast cancer is determined by the spread of the tumor to vital organs. The longer the tumor exists, the more time it has to spread. Now you have an early detection through MT!
After more than 800 studies in 1982, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) approved breast thermography as preventive care for breast cancer.
MT has been extensively studied, and although it cannot be called a substitute for mammography, thermography has many valuable benefits, including:
- early detection of suspicious symptoms;
- a supplement to ineffective mammography;
- accurate checkup for women with dense breasts or implants;
- a reasonable alternative for women who refuse mammography.
Facts and forecasts: according to statistics from about 100 years ago, only 0.5% of people had cancer. Today, about 50% of people now living will have one or another type of cancer during their lifetime. Every third woman has breast cancer. Cancer will kill more than 13.2 million people a year in 20 years. Almost twice as many as in 2008.
To work with the DITI system, a doctor undergoes special training. He studies the images displayed on a color screen; the colors change depending on changes in body temperature in the checked areas, which makes it easy to distinguish both asymmetry and areas with a pathological process.
However, thermography does not replace other checkup methods. It is intended to give doctors additional opportunities for early detection and diagnosis, and also reduces the number of X-rays that women receive in other checkups.
Why is early detection desirable? The answer is quite simple: medicine today is unable to prevent disease development.
Studies show that early detection with the help of thermography prolongs life by 61%. In addition, for 90% of all checked-up women, thermography shows no cancer, and this allows an accurate diagnosis when a tumor is detected, but the question is whether it is benign.
Thermography can make it clear when it comes to cysts, fibroadenoma, nipple discharges and in other cases when neoplasms are detected in breasts.
In conclusion, we can say that thermography is an important and effective aid when it comes to preserving a woman’s health.
When should you use thermography? Thermography is most useful in the following 3 areas:
- inflammatory phenomena, including early detection of cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, fibromyalgia or trauma, such as strains, ligament sprains, chronic pain or infection;
- cancer id fed by its own blood supply. The development of early vascularization can be detected long before anatomical changes are detected with other screening tools. MT can detect these early changes and prompt you to action;
- Neurological phenomena, for example, chronic local pain syndrome and nerve irritation can cause indirect pain in other areas. Blood circulation deficiencies are easily seen in thermographic images.
Our patient care process combined with the most advanced technologies lead to a system that far exceeds any other system at screening centers in Almaty. Our screening thermography is unique for three reasons:
- we have state-of-the-art cameras with the highest thermal sensitivity;
- images are analyzed by specially trained experts, who are the most skilled interpreters in the industry;
- we not only examine clients, we can also offer natural solutions and treatment for diseases revealed by thermography together with various tools and methods of natural medicine.