Breast cancer and breast health is on the minds of many women, and for good reason. More women are diagnosed with breast cancer in America than any other cancer. Fortunately, with proper treatment, 89% of women had a five-year survival rate from 1999–2006 (National Cancer Institute). Breast cancer awareness and early detection is considered the most effective strategy in optimizing chances for full recovery. Women dutifully undergo annual mammograms and monthly self-examinations, but many women may not be aware of another perhaps even better early detection exam: breast thermography.
EARLY DETECTION: Medical thermography, and, in particular, breast thermography, has the ability to detect the first signs that cancer may be forming—up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it. Breast cancer early detection nearly ensures a positive prognosis. According the American Cancer Society, stage I breast cancer survival is 100%. Larger tumors generally have worse outcomes. Why wait?
What is Thermography?
Breast thermography is a non-invasive screening test. There is minimal contact with the body, only a probe, no radiation and it’s 100% risk-free. Thermograms are much like detecting a “fever” in the breast, which can be due to cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Breast thermography can aid in early detection the and monitoring of abnormal physiology, including breast cancer. X-ray mammograms, on the other hand, may locate an abnormal area, but it must be large enough or distinct enough to be visible. By that time, the tumor is much larger and well-established. Breast thermography does not replace x-rays. Rather, the two are considered complementary to each other.
Medical thermography is a diagnostic technique that is accurate, quantifiable and noninvasive. It allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in temperature of the skin surface using high-performance infrared cameras. FLIR thermal cameras are the leading choice in clinical medicine and veterinary science. It has proven to be highly accurate, reliable and easy to use.
Thermography is offered in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, by Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, as one of the many diagnostic tools in her medical establishment. It has considerable advantages over conventional techniques of diagnosis. One of the main things in its favor is that certified medical experts can relate subtleties in skin temperature to various underlying illnesses.
This isn’t anything new, either. Over 30 years of clinical use and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed studies in medical journals support thermography as a safe and effective alternative way to examine the human body. Research has shown that thermography is a useful tool in the investigation and diagnosis of breast cancer, disorders in the nervous system and metabolism, neck and back problems, pain syndromes, arthritis, vascular disorders, soft tissue injuries, intestinal blockages and inflammation.
The key to thermography is the fact that our bodies react to pathological and physiological changes within them in a thermal manner. This thermal response is based on blood flow. So, if an area has higher blood flow due to some anomaly, then it will appear as a hotspot on the thermographic camera, and vice versa. This is why thermal imaging is such a useful tool in breast cancer early detection.
Let’s look at it with a couple of examples. If a football player has a swollen ankle, comparing a thermographic image of his ankle to that of a normal person’s would yield a veritable thermal difference. Similarly, a woman with breast cancer would have a noticeably different thermal profile around the breast region, even in early stages of the disease. This would mean that regular checkup would result in less chance of letting a life-threatening disease such as breast cancer or skin cancer go by unnoticed, and thus lead to a better prognosis. Also, in the case of breast cancer diagnosis, thermography is FDA approved. This means that you can say goodbye to those uncomfortable sessions of mammography. With thermography, you can get results in under an hour.
Another important factor in favor of thermography is its cost effectiveness. While other diagnostic techniques like MRI require elaborate machinery to be monitored and run during a lengthy procedure, thermography only requires a camera and a cold stimulus. It is over before you know it. As a result of its inherent ease of operation, it is a relatively cheaper tool with which to get an accurate diagnosis.
Additionally, in a session of thermography, you are not exposed to any kinds of harmful radiation, as is the case in X-ray imaging. Instead, the camera just picks up heat signals from you. Your body isn’t exposed to anything harmful.
In conclusion, medical thermography is an effective diagnostic technique. If you are looking for top quality thermography services in Honolulu, Hawaii, then you have come to the right place. Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff will give you an accurate diagnosis or prognosis in a fraction of the time you would spend elsewhere, hindered by slower or invasive diagnostic techniques.
The best part is that once you learn where your areas of obstruction, inflammation, blockage or unhealthy tissue damage are, you have the opportunity to address them with one of the leading experts in the field of naturopathic, prevention-oriented, safe, effective, integrative holistic medicine. Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff takes into account your delicate and unique cellular profile and creates a comprehensive HEALTH PROGRAM to orient your body back into balance and health in a fraction of the time it would take to recover from a full-blown disease and its recovery process.
Dr. Ostroff will work in conjunction with your current medical professional, and respects the relationship that you have with your doctor (if you are happy with your care). Any input, adjunctive testing and treatment offered are complementary to whatever you are currently doing and comfortable with. Alternatives and second opinions come at your request only.
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, Licensed Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncturist at The Center for Natural Healing
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