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Breast Thermography & Cancer in Los Angeles
All of us have heard stories or unfortunately been there ourselves: sitting in the doctor’s office in Los Angeles, fidgeting in our chairs, anxious about the results of our test. If you’ve been there, the whole experience may have been a surreal blur or maybe each sense seemed to magnify the sights, sounds, and smells around you. No matter if you yourself has been in this situation or you have held the hand of a family member or dear friend awaiting news, no one wants to hear the word, cancer.
Thankfully, due to advances in technology, medicine, and cancer research, if the cancerous cells are caught in their early stages, there is a very high likelihood that the person diagnosed will beat the cancer to live a normal life. However, what if we could avoid cancer all together or give ourselves a great change of survival?
Fortunately, we do have this chance and it all begins with preventative healthcare and our lifestyle.
Powerful Lifestyle Choices to Avoid Cancer
Find healthy recipes that you crave.
For some, “healthy eating” has negative connotations; all that they can recall is the misery of microwaved frozen veggies that were rubbery, tasteless, and can’t be fixed by even butter and salt. Healthy alternatives have greatly improved and there are so many resources that offer recipes that are both packed full of nutrients and are tasty—even crave-worthy—as well.
Speak with a nutritionist.
Doing your own research about healthy diets to adopt is admirable. However, if you really want to understand what your body needs and to learn more about healthy eating, seeing a nutritionist can be incredibly helpful. They can not only give you recipe ideas, outline a diet plan, and give you helpful tips, but they can also show you the areas in which you could improve, because sometimes the things we consider healthy aren’t as healthy as we think.
Another excuse for avoiding a healthy diet is that it is too expensive or the produce doesn’t taste good. Shopping seasonally can be a helpful solution. Not only are seasonal fruits and veggies more readily available and cheaper, they also usually taste better. Like shopping locally? Support local business and frequent your farmers market or sign up for a co-op!
Invest in a meal program.
Some truly want to eat healthy, but find it impossible due to their schedule or they feel overwhelmed by the thought of making a meal plan. Meal plans that deliver prepared meals or all the ingredients for your meal can be helpful resources to help you make well-rounded meals that will delight your taste-buds and fortify your body.
Make it a priority.
We spend time doing the things that are important to us. If you truly want to be healthier and to eat foods that support your body, you must make time for it. Set a schedule for going to the grocery store and devote some of your free time to meal prepping for the week; making food ahead of time is a great way for those with busy schedules to eat healthy and avoid the temptation of convenient, but nutritionally empty food.
Adjust your mindset
Going on a diet or avoiding delicious, calorie-rich, but unhealthy food can feel like torture. However, if we approach eating healthy and all that goes into it from a positive perspective of loving ourselves and our body, we will be more likely to adopt this habit for the long-term and to enjoy it. Also, remember that our palets change as we eat healthy food and eventually we start to crave those healthy foods more than those we got out of the vending machine.
We spent extra space discussing healthy eating habits because it all stems from here. You can invest in all other kinds preventive healthcare, but if you don’t eat well then you’ve lost half or more of the battle already.
Staying active can take on a variety of forms. For some staying active, it can mean going to the gym for a HIIT class or lifting weights, for others it can be taking a long afternoon walk every day. Whatever your fitness level, staying active will support healthy eating and keep your body functioning at its best. According to Cancer Research UK, “even if you have been inactive for years, becoming more active can improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer.” Exercise will also help you sleep better, detox your body, and improve your mood.
The implications that smoking has on our health are countless. Smoking affects all areas of our health. According to the National Cancer Institute, those who are diagnosed with cancer and quit smoking reduce the risk of dying from cancer by 30 to 40 percent. The percentage that quitting smoking before they’re diagnosed with cancer is unknown because it depends on how long you’ve been smoking, how many cigarettes you smoke per day, when you began smoking. However, the benefits of quitting at anytime can not be denied.
Cut Back On Alcohol
Though according to some medical professionals there are some possible benefits to drinking alcohol—as the saying goes: everything in moderation. Cutting drinking out completely or cutting down on how much you drink can increase your quality of sleep, lessen your risk for other diseases such as liver disease, and positively affect your mental health and, of course, can contribute to a decreased risk of cancer.
Enjoy Sunshine Safety
Getting fresh air and valuable vitamin D is absolutely necessary for our health. However, being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays for an extended period of time or repeatedly can be incredibly damaging to our skin and our bodies, giving cancer more opportunity to form. When you are out and about in the L.A. sun, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, invest in sunglasses, a hat and other coverings. Hate wearing sunscreen and makeup? There is more than one way to get sun protection. Moisturizers, some makeup, and even makeup setting powder have sunscreen in them.
Get Enough Sleep
In our culture, working until we can hardly function is glorified. Life sometimes requires us to work very hard with little rest for a time. However, this is not a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is crucial for the body to repair itself and for it to function at its best. According to the National Sleep Foundation and a cited study by the International Journal of Cancer, women who had worked night shifts were at a 30 percent higher risk for developing breast cancer. The disruption of circadian rhythms is largely to blame for the increased risk due to the reliance of many biological functions on the circadian rhythms.
Avoid Harmful Products & Environments
The sentiment that everything causes cancer is sometimes true in that it’s sometimes very difficult to avoid all harmful aspects of the environments that we must frequent. However, we can still do our part. According to the National Cancer Institute substances such as some chemicals, tobacco smoke, radiation, wood dust, and others can damage our DNA and be the spark for the beginnings of cancer in the future. Limiting our exposure and making our living space a healthy environment, as well as making and inspiring the changes in our working environments can decrease the effects of these carcinogens.
Keep Up With Your Mammography Appointments
Keeping up with all of your preventative medical practices including your mammogram appointments can greatly improve your chances of detecting cancer in its early stages when it’s the most likely to be vanquished. Additionally, keeping up with monthly breast self-exams is recommended. Knowing how your breasts normally feel will help you better detect when there is a change and when you should seek further examination by a medical professional. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and John Hopkins Medical Center, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing that breast self-exam is very important.”
Invest in Regular Breast Thermography Screenings
Medical thermography is a non-invasive screening method that uses a medical-grade infrared camera to take a thermal picture of the physiology of a person’s entire body or part of the body. Due to advances in technology and the sensitivity of the infrared cameras used, the slightest changes in a person’s body can be detected. Because of this, breast cancer in women of all ages can be detected in the earliest stages, giving those affected the highest chance of survival. Breast thermography is by no means to be done instead of a mammogram, but it can be an additional part of preventative medicine for women of all ages.
Though not all cancer can be prevented, taking care of your body and investing time, attention, and money in preventive medical practices can significantly decrease your chances of developing cancer and increase the chances of catching it in its earliest most treatable stages
Breast thermography is an effective means for detecting cancer in its early stages. As mentioned above, due to the sensitivity of medical-grade thermography infrared cameras, a screening can detect even the smallest changes happening in the breast tissue. How? Each person has their own unique infrared picture or, in essence infrared “fingerprint.” Because each person has their own infrared fingerprint and once a baseline has been established, regular breast thermography scans become incredibly useful and can detect cancer in its earliest stages, greatly increasing your chance of survive.
Who Should Have a Breast Thermography Scan?
As mentioned above, a breast thermography scan isn’t a substitute or alternative for a mammogram or even monthly self-exams, but it is a supplemental scan that can benefit women of all ages, especially those younger women who may have a genetic predisposition to cancer. Cancer that develops in younger women has a higher chance of growing and mastizing before detection, because it grows faster in the bodies of younger women versus those of older women. Also, younger women do not normally have annual mammograms. Women who have dense breasts also greatly benefit from a breast thermography scan in addition to their annual mammograms.
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Those Who Benefit the Most From Breast Thermography
- Young women predisposed to cancer
- Women with breast implants
- Women with dense breast tissue
- Any woman wishing to invest in their preventative healthcare
- Some men with predisposition to breast cancer
A breast thermography screening can not diagnose breast cancer. However, it can make medical professionals aware of any changes in your body’s tissue that may be the result of cancer. Further screenings such as a mammography, MRI, biopsy, and other methods are the only way to truly diagnose breast cancer. A medical thermography scan doesn’t look at the structure of the body; it looks at the body’s physiology or functioning of the body. To better understand this concept, think of a thermography scan as means for us not to see the structure of a house, but what the people in the house are doing that could have negative consequences for the home’s structure; if the inhabitants seem to have a predisposition to play with fire then it is time to take action to save the house.
Five Benefits of Breast Thermography
Adding one more screening and appointment to your regular preventive healthcare routine can be irritating and maybe even stressful. However, the benefits of medical thermography and breast thermography scans are many and can truly positively impact your physical health and well-being.
As mentioned above, a breast thermography scan can significantly increase the chances of catching cancer in its earliest most treatable stages. How is cancer detected? According to BreastCancer.org, because cancer cells multiply quickly, the blood flow to the cells and the metabolism of these cells are increased. As a result of increased blood flow and metabolism, the area and skin covering the area are at a higher temperature than they would be normally.
Unlike like some screenings like mammograms—which have been dubbed the “yearly smash”—and other more invasive screenings like biopsies, a breast thermography scan is non-invasive and the infrared camera used never touches your body during the scan. During a scan a certified thermographer will place the infrared camera at a specified distance away from your body or part of the body under scrutiny.
Not all thermography scans are alike. Thermography is used in a variety of fields to obtain information, but medical infrared cameras used for medical and breast thermography are the most accurate of the infrared cameras on the market, allowing for very little variance. Medical and breast thermography are both FDA-approved and never emit radiation. However, according to a BreastCancer.org article, the FDA states that thermography at this time can not diagnose cancer and should not replace an annual mammogram:
Medical thermography functions as one of the best methods for close monitoring due to the ability to see small changes in the function of the body’s tissues. For this reason, medical thermography isn’t just useful for detecting cancer, but also for investigating the origination of pain and other discomfort in the body. Medical thermography screenings can focus on specific parts of the body such as the breast tissue, but can analyze the entire body too.
Peace of Mind
Medical and breast thermography is a means for providing men and women in the Los Angeles area peace of mind. Not only can they rest assured of the accuracy and advancements in infrared technology, and in the fact that medical thermography scans can detect small changes in the body, but also for the reason that breast thermography is available to anyone of any age in the Los Angeles area.
Breast thermography is a modern technology that has afforded us the opportunity to essentially save the lives of people through early detection of cancer and other ailments. Dr. Hillary Smith and those who assist her at Advanced Medical Thermography are pleased to offer those in the Los Angeles area medical and breast thermography screenings that can be informative, productive, and empower our patients with peace of mind.
What is a Thermography Screening Like?
Adding a new medical procedure to your preventative healthcare regimen can be scary because things that are unknown and experiences that you have never had before do evoke feelings of fear—which is completely normal, especially if you have a serious question about your health. However, when you come into one of our Advanced Medical Thermography locations in L.A., you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Dr. Hillary Smith has attained the highest medical thermography certification and, throughout her career, has continued to educate herself so she can provide the best care and holistic approach to her patients. When you book a full body, regional, or breast thermography screening with us, here is what you can expect:
- We use the Meditherm 2000™, an infrared camera engineered specifically for medical thermography purposes only.
- Dr. Hillary Smith will be the one taking the images, reviewing them, and interpreting them. However, a second opinion is always optional. The images are shared with your doctor, and Dr. Smith can provide an in-office consultation.
- We save your thermography images for seven years.
- To establish your thermal “fingerprint,” we ask you to come in for a follow-up appointment 3 months later.
- We request you to wear loose clothing and wear your hair up. There are other requirement that you must adhere to before your thermography scan.
There is no compression or radiation involved during your medical thermography scan, so it is a preventative health screening that is safe for everyone.
How to Choose a Thermographer
Choosing the right thermographer for your preventative healthcare is a must, for thermography scan images are only as helpful as the one taking the infrared images as well as the one interpreting them. When you are looking for the medical professional to do your screening, here are qualities to look for:
Uses a Medical-Grade DITI
Thermography isn’t just used for medical purposes. However, medical thermography infrared cameras are not interchangeable with other industries DITIs; the infrared cameras used for medical or breast thermography screenings are much more accurate and have to be to provide useful and accurate information. Before you visit a local medical thermographer, ask them about their DITI machine.
Is a Certified Thermographer
To operate a thermography infrared camera, medical professionals must have received certification by a reputable institution. This certification ensures that the images are taken correctly and all of the right protocols are followed to get the most accurate images.
Advanced Medical Thermography: Empowering Patients in L.A. With Knowledge & Peace of Mind
Advanced Medical Thermography is helmed by Dr. Hillary Smith, a class 3 certified thermographer and physician. Providing thermography to the Los Angeles area isn’t just a career for Dr. Smith. For her, it is a passion; a passion of empowering women with knowledge and peace of mind to know not only aid them in their diagnosis, but also in their efforts for preventative health and living a healthy lifestyle everyday. Learn more about Dr. Smith and her practice or contact us with your questions. Want to know what other people are saying about us? Read reviews!
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