What’s the story with Thermography?

Although thermograms are entirely safe with no contrast or radiation of any sort, they are worthless as an early predictor of breast cancer. A study at Dartmouth around 1980 showed identification of some relatively large cancers with thermography. The principle of thermography is based on minute changes of the skin temperature by an underlying breast cancer generating heat because of the high metabolism of the tumor. In order to be detected by thermography the cancers usually have to be at least two cm (⅔ of an inch), unless they are very close to the skin. In the past 35 years this technology has been surpassed by other imaging. Because the procedure is safe and since it was in use by 1975 it was grand-fathered in as an allowed medical procedure by the FDA....

What age should women find out about their breast density and screening for breast cancer?

Breast cancer kills more women between the ages 35-54 than automobile accidents, diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, murder, alcoholism, drug overdose or any other cause.  Almost 8,000 women in this age group die each year in the United States alone.  There has been a concerted effort to convince women and their physicians that it is unnecessary to screen for breast cancer during three quarters of these two decades.  The United States Preventative Services Task Force (U.S.P.S.T.F.) has decided that it is not worth the effort or expense to screen women before the age of 50. Part of that reasoning was that, since most young women have dense breasts, many cancers would be missed by screening mammography anyway. My own feeling is that women with dense breasts, who...

Heather Reimer, A Story of Inspiration and Hope

Part of the goal of this blog is to not only include valuable breast health information that’s useful for women and medical professionals alike, but to also provide stories of inspiration and hope.  Many of these stories will come from women who have experienced receiving a breast cancer diagnosis that was earlier missed because of dense breast tissue, or found their cancer early due to mammography coupled with an ultrasound examination.  We hear these stories all the time, and we want to impress upon all women the importance of knowing their breast tissue density and how to proactively seek the care they need if they find they have dense breast tissue.  Today’s story is from Heather Reimer, an incredible survivor located in Reno, Nevada.  To...