Understanding Breast Cancer
A: Thermography doesn't work.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that thermography should not be used in place of a mammogram for breast cancer screening. As stated by the FDA, “there is no valid scientific data,” that shows thermography is effective at breast cancer detection. Most certainly, it should not be used alone as a diagnostic tool.
Simply stated: A mammogram is the only method proven to increase the likelihood of survival.
There is no replacement. Get regular mammograms (x-rays of breast tissue) as often as is recommended by your doctor. At The Rose, we use the latest in advanced breast cancer screening tools, like 3D mammography, which has shown a 40% increase in cancer detection rates. This service is available in our permanent locations as well as through our mobile Coaches.
See the FDA warning here.
Set up an action plan that will include:
• An annual mammogram starting at age 40 and continuing as long as you are in good health.
• Clinical breast exam every year by your doctor or nurse if you are age 40 or older, every three years if you are in your 20s or 30s.
• Breast awareness so that you will notice any breast changes and report them to your doctor without delay. Breast self-exams are an option for finding changes.