The use of Digital Infrared Imaging ( DII ) is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. Cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones. This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast, detectable by the infrared imaging.
These temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast, resulting in quicker treatment.
All women can benefit from screening, however, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30-50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also, for women of all ages who are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a 'clinical maker' to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
Current Early Detection Guidelines
One day, there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage. These methods include:
- Annual DII screening for women of all ages.
- Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are aged 50 or older.
- A regular breast examination by a health professional.
- Monthly breast self-examination.
- Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.
- Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.
These guidelines should be considered along with your background and medical history.
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