1. When should a woman start thermography screening is she doesn’t have a breast lump or pain?

A woman may want to get her first thermographic screening at 25 years old. Thermography detects cancer up to 8 years before mammograms. Women are certainly at risk for breast cancer by 33 years of age. The incidence of breast cancer at age 30 is 1 in 227, by 40, it is one in 68. https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/risk-fact-sheet

2. What is the risk of cancer in a woman who doesn’t have breast pain or a lump for having cancer with a TH1 or TH2?

Thermograms are graded from TH1 to TH5. TH1 and TH2 are very good evidence that a woman will not develop cancer in the next year. Of all the tests for breast screening, this is the most accurate at reassuring a woman she does not have breast cancer. A TH4 or TH5 is of concern that a woman may have breast cancer developing. Additional studies such as a mammogram might be recommended. The TH3 is the “fence sitter” and could go either way. The only way to know what will happen is to get another study and compare it to the previous thermogram to see if it develops into something more serious.

Quick reminder:

If you haven’t scheduled your thermogram this fall, the special continues until Halloween (October 31) at midnight. All of our October appointments are full, but the special will be honored if you pay by Halloween.