THERMODERMOGRAPHY,IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER PREVENTION
ABSTRACT: The majority of mammary neoplasms are benign; however, these have high potential for malignancy. The purpose of the development is to present thermodermography as a possibility for early diagnosis of mammary gland neoplasms, including breast cancer.
Materials and methods: A documentary method was used. A review of the publications with information on the principle of operation and the experience of doctors from Poland in the implementation of thermodermography was made. Results: Thermodiagnosis is based on the thermal radiation in the invisible infrared spectrum, which is normal for the human body. German scientists prove that the method shows functional changes before the malignant tumor begins to develop. The Braster Pro system is a matrix of a thin layer of liquid crystal emulsion. When touched, a color image appears representing the temperature distribution in the internal breast tissue. We judge the effectiveness by the studies of Polish doctors conducted in 2013-2016, in 4016 women with confirmed symptoms of breast pathology. 72% sensitivity and specificity have been demonstrated, as well as good diagnostic efficacy in women under 50, high frequency of detection of changes in a high degree of proliferation, and improved sensitivity up to 96% when combining thermodermography with mammography. Conclusions: The examination is safe, painless and it quickly detects minimum changes, and is suitable for all women, regardless of age, size and structure of their breast tissue. When combined with mammography or ultrasound, the accuracy and efficiency of screening diagnostics are increased.
Keywords: contact thermography, breast cancer