Breast thermography (Infrared: Article On RationalWiki)

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Online — “Breast thermography has been promoted by SCAM clinics as a breast imaging technique for cancer screening. This is not scientifically validated. The American Cancer Society says:

Thermography has been around for many years, and some scientists are still trying to improve the technology to use it in breast imaging. But no study has yet shown that it is an effective screening tool for finding breast cancer early. It should not be used as a substitute for mammograms.”  American Cancer Society (emphasis added)

“Initial studies found it to be less useful than either mammography or clincal examination,[1] and skeptics have noted that sites promoting breast thermography carry the “quack Miranda warning” that claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.[2] Health Canada have issued “cease and desist” orders to clinics offering breast thermography as a claimed cancer diagonstic.[3] Scott Gavura of the Science Based Pharmacy blog describes breast thermography as “worse than useless” based on currently available evidence.[4]

“The FDA have issued a public warning notice stating that breast thermography is not an alternative to mammography[5] and has ordered Joseph Mercola to stop making excessive claims for thermography.[6]

“Thermography is promoted by Mercola, CANCERactive, NaturalNews and other known cesspits of disinformation. The wikipedia articles on wp:breast thermography and medical thermography were both started by user Philiphoekstra. By a strange coincidence there is a Dr Philip Hoekstra, director of FIRSTSENSE Medical, a manufacturer of breast thermography equipment, who is a proponent of breast thermography for cancer screening and whose work is endorsed by the likes of Debby Bruck. Sadly the FIRSTSENSE MEDICAL device is currently under development and is not available for sale within the United States or any other country.[7]”

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One comment on “Breast thermography (Infrared: Article On RationalWiki)

  1. My wife had a breast thermography done because she had a palpable lump on her right breast outer quadrant. The results were negative no signs of inflammation or lumps. She had an ultrasound on her right breast 6 days later results at this time are bi rads 5 with a 1.8 cm highly probable malignancy and possible multiple lymph node metastasis. The thermography technician did not want to send us the photos only the results, but she eventually did, and a naturopath said he wouldn’t do anything about the lump because the thermo was negative – that was before the ultrasound. My wife eats healthy and is in to natural approaches but this has left her very upset. Thermography is not good for breast cancer

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