Mammograms vs. Thermography

Mammograms and Thermography take very different approaches to detecting breast cancer. Doctors use mammograms to see masses in the breast tissue, often missing masses that are present and finding problems that don’t exist (See This Page). Our reading doctors use thermograms to see how the body is responding to conditions in the tissue, which only occurs when problems actually exist.

This Isn’t Our Opinion

What researchers say: Annotated Bibliography of Mammography Research
What researchers say: Annotated Bibliography of Thermography Research
Research Summary: Breast Cancer Screening Research

Issue

Mammography

Thermography

What percentage of cancer cases does it find?
(higher percentage is better)

79%
(43%–88.5%, depending on age / tissue density)

90%
(83%–100%)

What percentage of cancer cases does it miss?
(lower percentage is better)

21%
(6% – 46% depending on age / tissue density)

9%

How often are suspicious findings NOT cancer?(lower percentage is better)

71%–95.7%
(depending on level of screening)

10%–30%

How many women will get breast cancer caused by screenings?
(lower percentage & number are better)

0.1% of women
45,557 women, aged 40 – 80 will get breast cancer from mammograms

0% of women
0 women get breast cancer from thermal imaging

Which screening technology offers earlier detection?

 

Thermography
by 6 – 10 years

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Among women under 35, mammography could cause 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies. (National Cancer Institute)

The false negative rate [mammogram shows no apparent mass, but cancer is present] is 40% among women ages 40 to 49. (National Cancer Institute)

…the majority of women with an abnormal mammogram do not have cancer [potentially 80% false positives, mammogram shows mass, but no cancer is present]…. (American Cancer Society)

Of all breast cancers detected by screening mammograms, up to 54% are estimated to be results of overdiagnosis. (National Cancer Institutes)

Mammograms miss 10% of malignant tumors in women over 50. (National Institute of Health)

 

Mammography Thermography
  • Inaccurate and ineffective, particularly for younger women
  • Cannot identify pre-cancer indicators
  • Incomplete imaging of breasts, no imaging of surrounding tissue
  • Potentially harmful radiation
  • Painful

mammogram.cancer

How a mammogram sees a dense tissue mass in a compressed breast, which could be any place through the width of the breast

  • Portrays exactly what the body is doing, regardless of age
  • Identifies pre-cancer indicators by examining the body as a system
  • Complete imaging of breasts and torso
  • Harmless and completely safe
  • Painless

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How a thermogram sees an active response to cancer in a specific location, plus conditions of surrounding breast and chest tissue.

 

Screening for breast cancer with mammography is unjustified. Either…

  1. For every 1,000 women screened biennially throughout 12 years, one breast cancer death is avoided whereas the total number of deaths increased by six, or
  2. There is no reliable evidence that screening decreases breast-cancer mortality.

(Gøtzsche & Olsen, 2000, The Lancet: Based on analysis of Sweden Breast Cancer study and meta-analysis of research into reductions of mortality through mammograms)

 

And one more comparison…

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