‘True’ Breast Cancer Prevention An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. by Shelly Laine

Thermography Provides


hen it comes to breast health, most women understand the importance of prevention,

and are probably already familiar with the traditional wisdom: eat healthy, exercise, limit alcohol, conduct self-ex- ams and, once you reach a certain age, go in for a biannual mammogram. While those certainly are valuable

tips, there is a way to achieve what women’s health expert and New York Times-bestselling author Dr. Chris- tiane Northrup calls “true prevention” through thermography. And when you’re talking about

what could be the difference between achieving wellness and battling sickness, the difference between

“an ounce of prevention” and “true prevention” is priceless. “With thermography as your regular

screening tool, it’s likely that you would have the opportunity to make adjust- ments to your diet, beliefs and lifestyle to transform your cells before they became cancerous,” Dr. Northrup writes about digital infrared thermal imaging. The technology — administered

locally by Beacon Thermography, Inc. — is a non-invasive tool used to identify changes in the body over time. For women concerned with breast health, thermography can begin detecting vascular changes eight to 10 years earlier than mammography. Using a digital infrared camera that measures your body’s surface



temperature, certified clinical ther- mographers and sisters Shelly Laine, Cecilia Laine-Meinhold and Tanis Clark at Beacon Thermography create a “digital map” of your body, showing heat patterns that could be a sign of a condition or abnormality. While x-rays, mammograms and

MRIs are able to provide information on structures within the body, medical thermal imaging can pick up warning signs like inflammation or angiogen- esis, increased blood supply to a growing tumor. Or, simply put by Dr. Northrup,

“Studies show that a thermogram iden- tifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier, produces unambiguous results, which cuts down on additional testing, and doesn’t hurt the body.” Those are just a few of the many

reasons internationally recognized medical leaders like Dr. Northrup are increasingly endorsing thermography as the best breast cancer scanning method available. She also points to the fact that it is a painless procedure that emits no radiation. In fact, it’s safe enough for pregnant or nursing women, since it is only an image of your body’s heat. Thermography is also able to more

easily eliminate worry in women with dense or surgically enhanced breasts because it may not identify fibrocystic tissue, implants or scars as trouble- some areas that require more testing. And it scans cells in the armpit, an


area mammography may not screen as thoroughly. That doesn’t mean thermography

is in competition with mammography. Quite the opposite, actually. Once thermal images are captured,

they are reviewed by medical doctors, who are also board-certified ther- mologists. Taking into consideration a patient’s symptoms, health history and thermography results, the doctor will then report results and may make recommendations. Often, in the case of abnormal

scanning results, the recommendation is to schedule a mammogram, ultra- sound, x-ray or blood work. Mam- mograms and thermography are very different tests but, together, they may help identify potential breast cancer as early as possible. Of the many advantages to ther-

mography, perhaps the most significant is one Dr. Northrup points to: ”pro- vides results that are unique to you and your body, ensuring you receive ‘true prevention’ and real peace of mind.” Certified Clinical Thermographer

Shelly Laine and her team at Beacon Thermography, Inc., can provide you with the benefits of well-being through thermography. They offer scans at Health Touch NC LLC in Durham.

For information, call 910-803-2150 or visit to schedule your screening. Appointments require about 45–60 minutes. See ad on page 17.

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