Thermography: The Safe and Effective Breast Cancer Prevention Tool

Posted on October 23rd, 2009 by Dr. Mercola  |  18 Comments »

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, who have a one in eight chance of developing this disease during their lifetime. It is the most common cancer among American women but fortunately, the death rate is gradually decreasing due to modern early detection and intervention technology.

Many doctors recommend that women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram once a year to diagnose and screen for breast cancer. Dr. Joseph Mercola, however, believes that mammograms expose women to radiation that’s almost 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray, which may further increase the risk of radiation-induced cancer.

A mammogram also tightly, and often painfully, compresses the breasts, which may dangerously hasten the growth of any existing malignant cells.

There is also no solid evidence proving that mammograms help save women’s lives, Dr. Mercola points out. Studies show that having an annual mammogram along with the physical examination of your breasts does not lead to an improved survival rate compared to physical examination alone.

If this is the case, what can you do to lower your breast cancer risk?

Mercola uses a state-of-the-art, radiation-free diagnostic tool called thermal imaging or thermography, which creates a digital map of your body, illustrating heat patterns that may detect some condition or abnormality using a scanning-type infrared camera that measures your body’s surface temperature.

Thermography can increase your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages by locating irregular patterns in the breast – conditions that occur before a noticeable lump is formed.

Thermal imaging looks at vascular changes in the breast and detects blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries. Mammograms, on the other hand, focus on anatomical changes, like masses or lumps in the breast tissue.

Dr. Mercola highly recommends thermograms because they benefit all women, are quick and non-invasive, make no contact with the body, and provides more financial savings than conventional diagnostic tools.

Aside from breast cancer, thermography screenings can also help detect many other conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, neck and back pain, sinus issues, dental issues, immune dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, etc.

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month
, Dr. Mercola’s clinic, the Natural Health Center, is offering a 10% discount on ALL first-time thermography scans scheduled before November 13. The Natural Health Center is located in Hoffman Estates, IL, just on the outskirts of Chicago.

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Responses to “Thermography: The Safe and Effective Breast Cancer Prevention Tool”

  1. Colon Health Information says on :

    I would however like to see studies done on this subject. I would also like to see continued improvement in the technology.

  2. David says on :

    I would be very surprised if Dr. Mercola really believes that mammograms expose women to radiation that’s almost 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray, as it does not make sense. The fact is one mammogram is less than one chest x-ray.

  3. Lisa says on :

    Do you know of a doctor’s office near Orange County, California that does Themography?

  4. Judith Paul says on :

    I can personally recommend Dr. Hillary Smith, Advanced Medical Thermography. Main office is in Sherman Oaks, but additional locations in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Canyon Country. Website:

  5. Barbara says on :

    I am looking for a doctor’s office that does thermography in the Nashville area. I know it’s expensive, but why aren’t more doctors offering this as an alternative to mammograms?

  6. Ayse says on :

    Do you have any thermography screenings in West Palm Beach, Florida? Or near areas???
    Thank You

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  13. Diane luedtke says on :

    I will be making my appointment, July 7th.

  14. Sonia L says on :

    Hi, do you know of a doctor or hospital who does thermography in Columbus, Ohio?

  15. Yasengy says on :

    Medical thermography has come under attack for claiming to screen for and diagnose breast cancer. The superior advantage that thermal imaging has over ultrasound and MRI is seeing early on the temperature variances and asymmetries that may indicate health issues which may require referral out for further medical evaluation, including ultrasound and MRIs.
    Thermography was approved by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunct tool for screening breast cancer; we thermographers cannot claim to detect or diagnose cancer. In fact, no one can diagnose cancer without a biopsy. We are on the medical spectrum, and I recommend getting thermography at least annually as part of Self scare, Well Care, and a proactive Prevention Lifestyle, before resorting to mammography to confirm the location and size of aggressive tumors.

  16. Yasengy says on :

    Typo! “Self Care” not Self Scare (darn auto correct)!
    I provide medical thermography services in Seal Beach, CA.
    I was trained by Med-Hot in Lakeland, FL. Check out their app InfraredBodies.
    Happy to answer questions: 562-342-9066

  17. Sue Ellen Shirk says on :

    If thermohraphy can detect so many body disorders,why don’t more doctors know about this? It would seem to be quicker noninvasive route to faster diagnosis of many disorders for patients.Is this available in the triangle area of Buffalo,NY,Clevelend,Oh,Pittsburgh,Pa.?I feel it would help me keep my lupus in check.

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