Prevention vs Early Detection

We all know that early detection can prolong life expectancy, however if cancer has been detected early it would mean that one already has cancer. Prevention should take precedence over detection. Prevention means not getting cancer in the first place.

Cancer starts with one abnormal cell, and it takes nearly 8 years for that one abnormal cell to replicate to one billion cells. One billion cells produce a detectable lump that is one centimeter in size. This is the size of a lump that can be seen on a mammogram. This is not an early finding.

Instead of just screening for breast cancer, a thermogram can tell you how healthy the breasts are. It also has the potential to truly detect breast cell anomalies long before mammography can detect cancer. This allows one to implement lifestyle changes that can improve the health of the breasts proactively instead of waiting for a cancer diagnosis later.

The single greatest risk factor for the development of breast cancer is lifetime exposure to estrogen, therefore normalizing the balance of the hormones in the breast may be the first and most significant step in prevention. A thermographic study can not assess hormone levels; this can only be done with pathology, blood or saliva, but thermography can give useful information about hormonal imbalance or hormonal dysfunction. If a woman’s thermographic images suggest a relative progesterone deficiency (estrogen dominance), treatment of this condition may play a significant role in prevention. Breast thermography is the only known procedure that can detect estrogen dominance and monitor the effectiveness of treatments directed at normalizing the hormone balance in the breasts.

Every woman should know her risk for breast cancer. With proper risk assessment that includes different testing modalities, the patient is able to determine her risk factors and develop an action plan on how to improve the breast tissue or even reverse the existing developments. The current accepted “after the fact” strategy of mammogram screening is not enough to protect women from breast cancer. Thermal imaging should be an important factor in every woman’s regular breast health care.

Thermography is a valuable procedure for alerting your health care provider to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease. When changes are detected early, prior to actual tissue disease, the abnormal process can be reversed with hormone replacement therapy and holistic treatments resulting in the disease not developing. This is the best use of preventative medicine.

June Carver Drennon received her certification as a Clinical Thermographer from the American College of Clinical Thermography.  Please visit the website at or call 423-756-2443 or 866-991-4714.