by Dr. Carla Garcia
Yes! A brand-new thermography scan designed specifically with women’s health in mind. It is more than a breast scan. The Thermography Center was instrumental in developing the Women’s Health Check. The scan was conceptualized by Dr. Peter Leando, developer and wizard behind the Meditherm camera. At the forefront of thermographic imaging, his cameras are used in 48 states and 21 countries. Images are interpreted by licensed M.D.s and thermographers are trained by the American College for Clinical Thermography (ACCT). I am privileged to be the training director for the ACCT.
Breast thermography has been used for decades. Full-body studies that include the breasts have been available for years. What makes the Women’s Health Check different is a 71-point grading system of symptoms and history, resulting in a normal, low risk, or some risk rating. The questionnaire and grading system focuses on symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction, estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue/insufficiency.
There are 21 images in a women’s health check, as compared to the 5 images in a breast thermogram. And…it is available in time for “pinktober”, the month we are inundated with pink ribbons and races for the “cure”. The race does not have any winners, even though “they” have been waving millions of pink ribbons and racing for decades. The article “It’s time to stop trivializing breast cancer” is an editorial on “breast cancer awareness” month/October.
In recent years, women were discouraged from doing breast self-exams because they were considered ineffective. I know from many of my patients that finding a lump with self-breast examination is extremely effective. Many women come for breast thermography (no radiation, no contact, no pain) because they have felt something. This video on doing self-breast exam is also on our website:
Arms down in front of mirror. Look for changes in size, shape, puckering, dimpling or discoloration. With arms up repeat the same assessment. Feel for changes in the breast. Check the nipples for discharge. If you find a lump – don’t panic. It could be many things other than cancer. Get it checked. You can start by scheduling a thermogram, a painless, scan of the breasts that images areas of inflammation associated with estrogen dominance, lymph congestion or new blood vessel growth that may be feeding a tumor. Call 505-271-6608 to schedule a breast exam. You may want a Women’s Health Check or a Full Body + Breast scan, instead of breasts only.
In early 2020, we were fortunate enough to form a relationship with the Becky Baker Foundation…a foundation established to help women obtain breast screening. It was started by Rick Baker immediately after his wife died of breast cancer. He believes that if Becky had been doing ongoing thermography or breast screening, she could have survived her diagnosis.
When you donate to the Becky Baker Foundation, all of your donation goes to helping women in get breast screening. In other words, if you are in New Mexico the money you donate, benefits New Mexicans. Administrative costs and marketing are covered by Rick so that donations go towards the women who need them. The foundation is sponsoring a golf tournament in October, 2020 in Colorado Springs: https://birdease.com/BeckyBakerFdnGolf4Prevention
Please consider donating to the foundation and help someone who is worried about her breast health but can’t afford breast screening. If you are a woman who needs financial assistance, the Becky Baker Foundation may help fund your breast scan: www.beckybakerfoundation.org