Breast Cancer ¦ Mammograms More Effective Than Thermography

breast cancerBreast cancer diagnosis that is made early gives patients the best chance of survival. Breast cancer screening is one of the best ways to help patients determine if there are any abnormalities in the breast. According to a recent onlinearticle Thermography — a breast cancer detection method celebrated by some as a replacement for mammography — is a less than reliable cancer screen, according to new research. In a study of approximately 180 women, thermography failed to recognize about 50 percent of cancers and reported too many false positives, said Dr. C.M. Guilfoyle, a researcher at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania. The radiation-free screening process uses computer software to analyze and compare thermal abnormalities in the breasts and develop a breast “map” to discover signs of more developing breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Detection with Themography is Unreliable

The belief is that elevated temperature is discovered in areas with more blood flow, and that could indicate a tumor. Researchers critiqued the technique, marketed as the No Touch Breast Scan, on the breasts of women having biopsies after they had suspicious findings on other imaging exams. “I think we are still trying to determine the role of thermography as a breast cancer screening tool,” Guilfoyle said. The technology she used was often not able to tell the difference between malignant and benign lesions, she said. Guilfoyle presented the findings at the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ annual meeting in Phoenix. It is important for patients to use proven breast cancer screening methods to ensure the best chance for an early breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Screening is Important for Breast Surgery Patients

 

Dr. Seify explains to breast surgery patientsincluding breastaugmentation, breastreduction, and breastlift patients the importance of maintaining good breast health. It is important for patients to consult their primary care physician for specific recommendations for mammography screenings. Most medical professionals follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendation which includes monthly breast self exam(even for women with breastimplants) and annual mammograms beginning at age 40. This recommendation could change if there is a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. Dr. Seify is committed to helping both cosmetic as well as reconstructive patients realize the best long-term results.

 

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