I recently had my first thermogram, and am very grateful for doing so. I have had regularly scheduled mammograms and have no personal or family history of breast cancer. About two years ago, however, I lost a close friend to breast cancer. Unfortunately, her cancer was detected much too late.
A good friend of mine told me of how breast thermography can detect cancer and even pre-cancer earlier than other tests. Rather than procrastinate, I decided to take a pro-active role about my breast health and have a thermogram.
My thermogram showed abnormal thermovascular findings in the left breast. It was recommended in the report that I have a follow-up mammogram, and an ultrasound even if the mammogram was normal. In my case, the mammogram was normal, so I had the ultrasound. I also had a breast MRI, which was also normal. My ultrasound, however, located a solid mass in the same area detected by the thermogram. Ultimately, two tests showed nothing and two required further work-up. I chose to have a biospy of this mass, in which pre-cancerous cells were discovered. This abnormal tissue was then removed by excisional biopsy.
Due to the early detection of my problem with thermography, I was not faced with the likelihood of radical treatment such as mastectomy, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The fact also remains that the problem would not have been discovered at all without the addition of thermography to my regular breast screening.
I am thankful that my doctors were supportive of my decision to have breast thermography, and followed-up as recommended in my report. I also plan to continue to have breast thermography done as part of my regular breast health check-ups. Because thermography was so instrumental in finding my pre-cancerous condition, I have recommended it to my sister who lives in Texas. She now has an appointment for her first breast thermogram.
I am sharing my story to let other women know about the importance of breast thermography. More of us need to to be aware of this valuable imaging technique that I believe may have just saved my life.