Candace Parmer, LMT, CCT, CTT
Clinical Thermographic Technician
Certified Clinical Thermographer
International Academy of Clinical Thermology
American College of Clinical Thermology
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It is still not mandatory in every state for the mammography clinic to inform women that “mammograms of dense breasts—breasts with a higher proportion of fibroglandular tissue compared to fatty tissue—can be difficult to interpret because the dense tissue can obscure signs of breast cancer and lower the sensitivity of the image.”
Dense breast tissue shows up on a mammogram as white. So does cancer, so it’s like looking for a snowball in a snowstorm! Since more than half of women of screening age have dense breast tissue, it’s easy to see how screening with mammography may miss cancer. For this reason, in my opinion, it makes sense to employ additional and/or other methods of screenings as Dr. Christine Horner recommends (thermography, ultrasound, manual exams and in some cases as needed, MRI’s).
Disclaimer: In spite of the lowered sensitivity of mammography in women with dense breasts, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disagrees with Dr. Horner, Breast Surgeon, and states that: “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) does not recommend routine use of alternative or adjunctive tests to screening mammography in women with dense breasts who are asymptomatic and have no additional risk factors. The College strongly supports additional research to identify more effective screening methods that will enhance meaningful improvements in cancer outcomes for women with dense breasts and minimize false-positive screening results. The College recommends that health care providers comply with state laws that may require disclosure to women of their breast density as recorded in a mammogram report.”
As a certified clinical thermographic technician since 2014 and an orthopedic manual therapist prior to that (2007-2017), plus a lifelong interest in health, I believe my experiences are the perfect combo for being the best infrared imaging technician in town, perhaps the country based on feedback from doctors.
My background in anatomy and physiology comes in handy; if necessary, I can help you understand any medical terminology mentioned in your report and can easily communicate with doctors about your concerns or issues, but I’m just a technician. I do not read your images (I leave that up to a board-certified thermologist with almost three decades of experience in reading breast images), nor do I sell any kind of treatments, gadgets, pills, potions or lotions based on your report results or otherwise - that would be practicing medicine. I am not a doctor, but I’m great with the digital infrared camera because I’ve been observing alignment in bodies for well over a decade so can easily get you in perfect position for perfect images!
Using thermography to assist in locating potential causes of pain was a huge advantage in my bodywork practice - business exploded after acquiring an infrared camera because it showed me not only hot areas, but more importantly, the abnormally cold places that were in need of increased blood flow. Your body worker and other practitioners will love getting to see your images.
Not knowing anything about breast cancer when I first acquired an infrared camera, I initially specialized in imaging everything except breasts; however, after learning about the unique properties of thermal imaging for assessing risk of breast disease, it was a no-brainer to launch a dedicated thermography clinic to fill the gap that conventional medicine has been reluctant to embrace.
Does it make sense to say “No, let’s not include the only breast test that measures skin temperatures” when we’ve known breast cancer is associated with elevated skin surface temperatures since the 1850’s, thanks to the work of Spurgin and Sequin? Then in 1972, the Director of Health and Human Services, Thomas Tierney, stated that thermography is “beyond experimental” in 4 areas:
1. Pathology of the female breast
2. Extra-cranial vessel disease
3. Peripheral Vascular Disease
4. Musculoskeletal Injury
Welcome to the future of breast screening a little earlier than mainstream medicine can integrate presently.
The wheels of justice turn slowly sometimes but they seem to be picking up steam these days as so many truths are getting revealed.
At a seminar, I was told by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, M.D. that mammographers are the most sued in the medical field. Decades of legal proceedings about missed cancers, yet we are just now getting FDA PROPOSALS (NOT YET LAW) to create laws that would require mammographers to reveal to their patients that the density level of their breasts correlates to the test’s sensitivity or rather “lack of”. In other words, dense tissue makes it more difficult to detect potential cancers with mammography, an important detail not yet federally required to be revealed on a mammogram in some states (reportedly due to lobbying by mammographers who are concerned that women will be frightened away from mammography), though Oregon, thankfully, has made it a state requirement to reveal density on all mammograms.
An important little known fact from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, stated on their website is that “dense breast tissue absorbs significantly more radiation during mammography compared with fatty breast tissue.” No wonder dense breast tissue becomes a risk factor. Risk doubles in mammographically-screened women with extremely dense breasts, according the the College’s chart at the link above.
DISCLAIMER: The FDA does not endorse nor recommend any form of breast screening other than mammography.