a) Do in fact detect early signs of breast cancer – many women have dense breasts which are extremely difficult to read. My case in point. I could see and feel my lump, yet it didn’t show up on a mammogram. This was in 1990. b) Give accurate readings. There is evidence to show that there are many cases of false positives causing women to go through unnecessary and painful biopsies and further procedures. c) Are safe given the level of radiation to the breast tissue. Radiation is known to cause cancer. d) Cause more harm by compressing the breast tissue. What happens if there is indeed a tumor in the breast? Does the compression cause more damage and lead to spread of the cancer cells.
1. Ultrasound – here is an explanation from WebMD
Breast ultrasound is a procedure that may be used to determine whether a lump is a cyst (sac containing fluid) or a solid mass which might be cancer. If the lump is found to be a cyst, fluid is typically withdrawn from it using a needle and syringe (a process called aspiration). If clear fluid is removed and the mass completely disappears, no further treatment or evaluation is needed.
Ultrasound can also be used to precisely locate the position of a known tumor to help guide the doctor during a biopsy or aspiration procedure. Ultrasound helps confirm correct needle placement.
Ultrasound testing works by transmitting high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, through the breast. The sound waves bounce off surfaces in the breast (tissue, air, fluid) and these “echoes” are recorded and transformed into video or photographic images.
Are There Side Effects From Breast Ultrasound?
Studies have shown that breast ultrasound is safe. There are no harmful side effects. Ultrasound does not use radiation, as X-rays do.
In doing the research, I see a lot of conflicting information. It is hard to know whether this is information shared to ensure that women have mammograms thus following the traditional model of cancer care or not. As with all new – or old – technologies that fly outside the allopathic health model, what was once thought of as ‘outside of the box’ are eventually considered ‘inside the box’ down the road. I have seen these changes many times over the 24 years since my diagnosis and treatment.
How does thermography work?
Thermography uses infrared thermal imagining – much like the night vision goggles developed initially by the military to see movement inside buildings. Used in screening for breast cancer, it can detect blood flow changes within breast tissue. It will detect hot spots or problem areas much earlier than can be detected with a mammogram. It is non-invasive, uses no radiation, and thankfully is pain free.
There is evidence that a cancer cell takes 8 – 10 years to develop before it shows up. I heard this from my surgeon when I was diagnosed. So detecting a hot spot in these years before a lump is evident can help an individual do something about it earlier. It can give that person the option to use less invasive and more natural ways of healing.