This post is going to talk a little bit about boobs. But not in a sexy way, so unless you have boobs or are very close to someone with boobs, this probably won’t interest you.
I have a lot of issues with mammograms. The first one being that I personally know four women who’ve had false negative mammogram results. They only found out that the results were false by a fluke. The false negative rate of mammography is around 25%. That’s a lot of missed tumours. By the time a mammogram can detect a tumour, it has been growing in the breast for years – often up to 10 years.
My other issues with mammograms are that they’re invasive, humiliating and very painful. And then there’s that whole radiation thing.
I hate them with a passion. I’d rather have root canal surgery.
So I’ve been looking around for viable alternatives to this chamber of horrors torture.
There are blood tests that can detect very small changes in concentrations of proteins in the blood. Some of the proteins are specific for breast tissue and can identify even the earliest stages of breast cancer with a 95% accuracy rate.
There’s the DR-70 blood test that screens for 13 different cancers at the same time. It is highly specific and catches cancer long before you would suspect anything was amiss. It costs about $100 and can detect cancers in of the lung, colon, breast, stomach, liver, rectum, ovary, cervix, esophagus, thyroid, pancreas, and trophoblast and malignant lymphoma. It’s available in many countries including the US and Canada.
And there’s medical thermography – digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI). This screening method shows the function, physiology and metabolism of breast tissue. It gives a picture of the functional activity in breast tissue.
Medical DITI has been used extensively in human medicine in the USA, Europe and Asia for the past 20 years.
Abnormal cells are hotter than normal cells. A digital infrared imaging scan shows the heat difference between normal breast tissue and problem/hot areas. The scan has a 90% accuracy rate in indicating the presence or absence of disease.
So how does this screening work?
You go to the clinic, undress to the waist and wait until your breasts chill out to the room temperature. Then you go and stand in front of the digital infrared camera where they take 3 pictures – front, right and left.
Then you have to put your hands in cool water for a minute to challenge your blood vessels. Normal ones get cooler while abnormal ones stay warm. Three more pictures are taken.
The scan includes the entire chest, breast and armpit area. It works equally well for any age and breast type. It’s risk-free and totally hands-and-torture-device-free. And, abnormalities can be detected long before a mammogram will show them.
You get a report by mail. The criteria for thermography classifications were established in the 1970s at the Pasteur Centre in France and are known as the Marseille System. They report on a scale from TH-1 (normal) to TH-5 (very abnormal). With a TH-5 result you and your doctor will probably consider on a biopsy at this point.
So, I don’t know. I think all these options are worth looking into, don’t you? You do have to pay for the DIDI testing. In Ottawa the DITI costs $250, but I’d gladly fork that over to have accurate results and never have to do a mammogram again.
Apparently, it’s also good for other types of abnormal cell function in other areas of your body.
I have some more research before I make up my mind. So, if anyone out there has ever had screening done by the blood test method or the DITI method, or knows anything more about it, I’d love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, check out Medical Thermography International Inc. for more information and clinics near you.