It was an empowering day. The Abood law firm along with the Lebanese Chamber put on a star-studded event called Salute to Women.
This event supported Molly MacDonald’s Pink Fund, a non-profit that helps women pay their bills while battling breast cancer. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and other well-known Michigan women spoke and conveyed solidarity with their sisters. This was just one of many events meant to raise awareness for breast cancer around Michigan.
But it’s not just about events, Michigan has been extremely progressive when it comes to breast health. In education, prevention, support and treatment. After the legislators passed the Breast Density Notification law last year, which stated that women with dense breasts are not good candidates for mammograms and must be notified, people started scrambling for mammogram alternatives.
Thermology, which has been around for more than 40 years, has finally started getting the attention it rightfully deserves. Without any compression or harmful effects from radiation, thermology is a comprehensive addition for early detection.
By monitoring blood-flow abnormalities or hot spots characteristic of breast cancer, thermology proves that a multi-modality approach is the best way to assure breast health.
So, here are the numbers; mammography misses at least 1 out of every 5 cancers and thermology misses about 3 in 100. I sat down and talked with Dr. Phil Hoekstra of the Birmingham Therma-Scan clinic. He indicated that for thermology to help as many women as possible, medical doctors must become educated about this diagnostic tool.
“Let’s face it, the only true way to detect breast cancer is by use of biopsy, we must therefore, equip ourselves with a multi-faceted diagnostic approach to save as many lives as possible,” Hoekstra.
In other recent breast news, I am glad to see the campaign to create awareness for anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants is gaining momentum. In 2010, the FDA identified an association of breast implants with this type of cancer. The hard part was getting the medical doctors on board with reporting these types of cancers to the FDA and to the specialized profile registry to keep track. We don’t know at this time how many doctors knew about those protocols and recommendations and how many followed through. The FDA website lists that under-reporting is a real setback in this vital research.
However, some doctors did comply and now through patient-created case studies, often through social media outlets like Facebook, we have an updated campaign to help women suffering from breast implant complications find the help they need.
“The doctors thought I was crazy,” Desiree Dragin, of White Lake, said about trying to get help for her breast implant illness. “But after I got them removed my auto-immune disease went away and my health and energy returned.”
Dragin shared her heroic story on my “Beyond Natural Cures Radio Show” last winter. I’ve also include breast health in my “Beyond Natural Cures” book series. If you would like up to date breast health information join my Breast Health & Wellness page on Facebook. And visit the Therma-Scan website for more information on thermology.