On August 1, 2007, WMBB, Channel 13 news from Panama City, Florida carried the following story, “Meet Tracy Craig””
Tracy Craig is 41 years old and was diagnosed with DCIS earlier this year. She had no history of breast cancer in her family and did not notice any symptoms. Tracy discovered her DCIS through a routine mammogram. She has undergone 8 weeks of radiation and a lumpectomy. Fortunately, Tracy has recovered and is now a “survivor.” She is advising women to get their mammograms.
COMMENT: Problem is, a normal mammogram is not necessarily a clean bill of health.
A better idea? Get a thermogram. Tracy is typical of many women between 30 and 50 years when mammograms are either not recommended, or give equivocal results due to density. With a thermogram, Tracy may have identify problems up to 7 years before her official cancer diagnosis…when she was in ther 30s…giving her time to take proactive steps toward breast health.
Better than becoming a “Survivor,” be a breast cancer avoider! Thermography: Redefining the meaning of “early detection.”