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Breast Health

Five ways to keep breasts healthy include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, stopping/limiting alcohol, not smoking, and regularly performing breast self-exams.

Observe if you have any of the following unusual observations:

  • A firm lump you've never felt before
  • Swelling around your breast, collarbone, or armpit
  • Dry, cracked, red, or thickened skin (like an orange peel) around your nipple
  • Warmth or itching in your breasts
  • Developing Inverted nipple
  • Nipple discharge that is not milk

These symptoms don't always mean something's wrong, but it is important to get checked out by a doctor. They may be harmless changes, or they may be caused by an irritation or infection that can be easily treated. Rarely, they can be signs of cancer.

Among younger women, common breast problems include fibrocystic breast disease, a noncancerous condition characterized by breast pain, cysts, and lumps); and fibroadenomas, small bumps of fibrous and glandular tissue that can be painful.

Breast cancer can often be successfully treated, especially if it is detected early. Breast cancer may be prevented if it is detected earlier. That's why women are urged to check their breasts at home, and to have routine mammograms beginning at age 50 (or earlier for women at high risk for developing breast cancer) and/or do thermograms at an early age to catch a future enemy in advance.

“ For older women, the concern is more likely to be breast cancer. About 1 in 25.8 of women living in India will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. Each year, about 150,000 women are diagnosed with some form of breast cancer, and about half of them die of it.”
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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a parasite. It is a mass of genetically malfunctioning cells with excessive incoordinate (not characterized by coordination) growth. Its growth is completely independent from all normal regulatory functions of the host and maintains law and order in its own terms.

How Does the Cancer Grow?

Once a normal cell begins to mutate (pre-cancerous tissue), its DNA is altered to allow for the onset of uncoordinated growth. To sustain the rapid growth of these pre-cancerous (and cancerous) cells, a constant supply of nutrients is needed. In order to maintain this supply, the cells release chemicals into the surrounding area which keep existing blood vessels open, awaken dormant ones, and create new ones (neo-angiogenesis). The rich vascular beds in the breast provide the conditions necessary for the growing tumor’s needs.


How Can We Detect this Growth at its Earliest Stages?

Current research suggests that a multimodal (multiple test) approach will detect more cancers at an early stage. Digital breast thermography has the ability to detect the thermal signs of blood vessel changes that may suggest the development of a pre-cancerous as well as cancerous condition. Consequently, may be the first signal that such a possibility is developing.

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How early is early detection?

Most cancers are detected when the lump is about 1 CM and reaches 4 Bn cells. Active cancer cells can double in number every 90 days. Breast thermography can detect breast anomalies very early. As early as first few tissue level changes. The chart above is hypothetical to represent average growth pattern. You deserve earlier detection, before it can be formed in your body and breast thermography can be that early warning system which helps you take pro-active measures to prevent cancer from forming in your body.

Current screening process for breast cancer

Current early detection process has been in effect for a while and certainly has helped detect breast cancer early and save many a thousand lives. However, with increased incidence, and incidence on the young a better strategy would be to employ new age tools like illumina 360° to catch breast cancer before it becomes part of your body and take pro-active measures to prevent cancer forming in your body.


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Early Detection Means Prevent Occurrence of Breast Cancer

Clearly early detection saves lives. Question is how early one should be able to detect breast anomalies. Current screening technologies and methods detect cancer only when they are already formed in your body. An earlier detection – say in the first few tissue level changes can help alter life style and prevent breast cancer from forming in your body. illumina 360° Digital Robotic Thermography system is capable of spotting early tissue level changes in the breast thereby allowing preventive measures from cancer forming in your body.

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Various studies including a 1,000 patient study done by CURA Healthcare show an increase in survival rate when breast thermography (to spot changes at tissue levels that can possibly become cancerous) and mammography (to confirm &pinpoint) are used together(3).Breast cancer is the most common cancer in India and the leading cancer among women. In fact, breast cancer is increasingly prevalent among the young in India – almost a decade earlier than western countries. Current research indicates that 1 in every 25.8 women in India will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

More importantly, mortality is extremely high. 1 in 2 women with breast cancer die within the first 5 years, whereas Western countries have managed to keep the mortality in check through early screening and detection. Studies show a progress of about 25% more survival in western countries through early detection. In India, majority of the breast cancer patients are presented when they are in Stage III/IV when treatment is not effective and expensive. Many of them in rural areas do not even present themselves for treatment after identifying cancer. Studies have shown early detection – in stage 0 or Stage I prolong healthy life of patients.

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