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What exactly is breast thermography?

What exactly is breast thermography?

Unproven: Breast thermography is an unproven device used to screen for breast cancer. It picks up heat patterns from the breast. The theory is that cancer cells will cause the breast to be hotter in the area, and that the breast "heat map" will show them. In truth, this test has not been proven to detect breast cancer and it should not be used for that purpose. Only mammograms are proven for this use. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Thermography (Definition)

The use of thermograms to study heat distribution in structures or regions, for ...Read more


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Is breast thermography better than mammograms?

Is breast thermography better than mammograms?

No, it is not.: No. It is not indicated for screening mammography. Mammography is the best modality we have to diagnose breast cancer ...Read more

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How does thermography for breast cancer work? It sounds sort of gimmicky.

How does thermography for breast cancer work?  It sounds sort of gimmicky.

No scientific value: Thermography, while it sounds promising to the lay population especially when one is searching for options to mammography, has never been show in any valid scientific study to have any value in screening or detecting breast cancer. The fda issued a safety warning against it and the people that promote it for financial gain. http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/ucm257259.htm. ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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9mm area in breast, biopsied twice a year apart. F/ u u/s after 2nd bio shows area looking exactly the same as the first time they saw it. Is this ok?

9mm area in breast, biopsied twice a year apart. F/ u u/s after 2nd bio shows area looking exactly the same as the first time they saw it. Is this ok?

What did the biopsy: show? Please discuss the findings of the biopsy with your doctor and if you need a more detailed discussion ask your doctor to arrange a consultation with the pathologist who read the biopsy. ...Read more

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What exactly is mastitis of the breast?

What exactly is mastitis of the breast?

Pain, fever: Mastitis, or breast infection, is very common. Some symptoms: severe pain, redness, a lump, pus coming from the skin or nipple, fever and chills. The treatements include: drainage-by needle or surgical incision and antibiotics. Please consult a general surgeon or breast surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is breast abscesses?

What exactly is breast abscesses?

Pus pocket: A breast abscess refers to an infection on the soft tissue of the breast , leading to a pus-filled pocket that can be separated into smaller compartments (a loculated breast abscess). If large or painful enough ( due to pus under pressure), the abscess must be drained since antibiotics alone typically is not enough to cure you from the infection. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a knot forms in your breast?

What exactly does it mean when a knot forms in your breast?

Many things: A breast lump can be anything from a simple cyst to breast cancer. Therefore a new breast mass should never be ignored even at you young age. Go see your doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if i squeeze my breast and it feels a little hard?

Not all breast : Tissue is fatty. You may be feeling underlying structure - for mass please be medically evaluated. ...Read more