Thermography is a physiological test measuring heat levels in tissue to determine breast health. with Thermography. Neck Back and Beyond, in Fairfax, is pleased to offer their biannual thermography clinic, running from May 4 to 8. They will also be offering women’s health lecture beginning at 7 p.m. on May 4.
Every person generates heat from normal metabolic processes. In breast tissue, excess heat can be from various sources. One is inflammation. Food allergies and sensitivities cause inflammation in the body, and this increases heat in the tissue. Estrogen is a hormone that increases metabolism and as such creates heat. In breast tissue, this can eventually lead to a cancerous process. The third possibility is cancer itself.
Cancer has the ability to use the process angiogenesis which is the formation of new blood vessels that allow its cells to keep growing. When a growing cancer reaches 1 million cells, it cannot receive enough nutrition from the surrounding tissue. It has to get it through the blood supply. To do this, blood vessels are formed that go right into the cell cluster. It is not until cancer reaches 1 billion cells that it can be seen on a mammogram.
With thermograms however, increased heat can be seen long before an actual tumor by mammogram is detected. Thermography uses no x-rays and does not painfully compress the breast tissue. Whereas breast tissue density causes false positives in mammograms, this is not the case with thermography. Even women as young as 25 years old can be imaged by thermography without problems.
Suggested donation for lecture: $5. Location: 10560 Main St., Ste. 204, Fairfax. For more information, visit NeckBackAndBeyond.com.