Thermography With Fran Nelson Provides ‘Earliest Possible Detection’ of Breast Abnormality
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During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, American women are encouraged to protect themselves against a disease that will affect one in eight of them at some point in their lives. Fran Nelson, a certified clinical thermographer based in Dutchess County, says one important preventive tool is thermal imaging, which can spot breast cell abnormalities before they can be detected other ways.
“Thermography offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through self-exam, doctor exam or mammography alone,” Nelson says. “A digital infrared thermal imaging camera detects abnormal cellular changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or vascular disease.”
Thermal imaging is not new—there are 30 years of research resulting in 800 peer-reviewed studies on breast thermography in the scientific literature, Nelson says. It’s also safe and painless: no contact, no radiation, noninvasive and FDA approved.
“All women can benefit from thermography, and it’s especially appropriate for younger women, ages 30 to 50, with dense breast tissue,” she says. “It offers the earliest possible detection of an abnormality. When thermography is used adjunctively with mammography and self-exam, studies have shown it to increase (breast cancer) survival rate by 61 percent.”
As the owner of Total Body Thermography, Nelson offers her services in Hopewell Junction and at doctors’ offices in Pawling, Poughkeepsie, White Plains and Yorktown Heights.