Mammography

Thermography

Can detect the presence of a physical mass that has reached a certain size

Can detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before a mass is formed and can be seen by mammography

Cannot differentiate between a benign mass and a cancerous mass* mass*

Can differentiate between fibrocystic tissue changes and changes which involve cancer cells

Involves exposure to radiation which is cumulative in the body****

Involves no radiation, no pain, and requires no contact with the body

Cannot view areas just below the arm pit where many breast cancers begin

Views the entire area including the top of the breast below the arm pit

 
Mammography - Average 80% Sensitivity (20% of cancers missed), in women over age 50. Sensitivity drops to 60% (40% of cancers missed) in women under age 50. Mammography looks at the anatomical changes and structure of breast tissue. Thermography - Average 90% Sensitivity (10% of cancers missed) in all age groups. Thermography screens for changes in blood flow and breast tissue measuring variations in temperature which correlate to changes in the physical breast. This is the result of malignant changes causing heat output and increased circulation which the thermogram detects.

* In the US, over 80% of breast biopsies, based on mammogram results, prove to be benign.
** Many experts are now questioning the detrimental effects from this cumulative radiation.


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