Do you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer?
Are you looking for a different approach to maintain healthy breasts?
Here's a harrowing statistic: 1 out of every 8 women will be affected by breast cancer.
Alongside yearly mammography screening , Did you know there are 3 other key factors in maintaining optimal breast health?
Most health professionals don't emphasize the importance , But through clinical experience and analysis, i've found these 3 facts are essential for understanding how to optimize breast health and cancer prevention.
3 key facts bay area women must know to have healthy breasts that are resistant to cancer
1. Understand your genetics:
take note: Have members of your family had cancer or are you genetically susceptible i.e. BRCA1/2 or have VDR (vitamin D or Gst detoxification mutation)?
2. Understand your metabolism of hormones:
Do you have adequate methylation and active liver enzymes to eliminate cancer causing environmental xenoestrogens like BPA or Oral/topical hormones like in birth control, IVF hormones or menopausal hormone replacement?
3. Know your breast and lymphatic tissue:
It's not just breast tissue to examine, most often our lymphatic or drainage system needs attention. Thermography is the only tool to visualize your lymphatic health and early metabolic changes.
Are you paying attention to optimizing your immunity and lymphatic system?
It's important that every woman living in our tri-county area, which has the highest rates of breast cancer in the state of California, to understand fully how to protect yourself against breast cancer.
I'm Dr. Vera Singleton, an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in women's health and I'm here to help you gain clarity and take action to help your breast and body become more cancer resistant! I've helped many women over the years to safely use hormone replacement and balance abnormal hormone metabolism. I've noticed a pattern: The breasts speak volumes about the way your body is handling hormones.
Think about it: new lumps, fibrocystic breasts, tender or swollen lymph nodes are RED FLAGS and automatic qualifiers for painful biopsy or ultrasound. But, no traditional imaging or technique will tell you the health of your breast circulation and lymphatic flow, except thermography. I can help you understand the role of genetics and hormone metabolism once you gain clarity on your breast lymphatic and circulatory system.
Thermography is a wonderful tool in addition to mammography and for some women who don't want yearly radiation exposure, it can be used as THE primary tool for prevention. Thermography can visualize what ultrasounds and mammograms cannot using a heat signature and mapping, and that's why we're able to see the pattern of cancer forming very early on.
On May 12th, I'm hosting a Thermography clinic where you can have thermal imaging taken of your breasts tissue and lymphatic system. This screening may completely change how you care for your breasts.
This breast clinic is for women who:
- Are turned off by the mammograms and don't want the radiation exposure
- Are over the age of 40 and have dense, sore or lumpy breast tissue
- Family history of breast biopsy or any cancer, including skin, breast, uterine or ovarian.
- Tendency for headaches, or previous difficulty with tolerating birth control or hormones
- Low vitamin D levels + starting menopause during the 40's
- Over 40 and haven't had any breast imaging in the past 3 years
- Any combination of the above
Screenings occur in a private room in my medical clinic with a 20+ yr experienced technician and results are interpreted by board certified physician. You'll have results in 7-10 days. You'll then review the results with myself ( Dr. Singleton) by phone. As an added bonus, I'll discuss what actions you can take to support your genetics, and how to optimize hormone metabolism for a cancer resistant body. This added bonus is valued at $175, but is complimentary when you book your session.
Take action and book your thermography screening!
You may be wondering how you can address these 3 factors. The first two are straightforward and can be detected through blood, saliva or urine tests. But the third, (lymphatics), can be more difficult to assess.
We are familiar with Mammograms. Breast in and SQUISSH! Very uncomfortable, but is currently the gold standard to detect breast tissue calcifications and changes. But it's not 100% reliable. We can also use ultrasound and self breast exams to catch abnormal changes in our breast tissue, but let's look closely at why you should add thermography to aid in prevention
Using Digital Infrared Imaging (Thermogram) is based on the principle that metabolic activity and blood vessel circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. Cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, and creating new ones. This process results in an increase in surface temperatures of the breast and surrounding tissues. Thermograms catch this change in micro-circulation, and surrounding heat activity, because these temperature variations may be an early sign of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.
Here are thermal images of normal vs. abnormal tissue. Pay close attention to the description of the images!
The 3 Big "ah-ha's" for thermography:
INDIVIDUALIZED BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT
Women with a family history are definitely at greater risk, but 75% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Regardless of your family history, if a thermogram is abnormal you run a future risk of breast cancer that is 10 times higher than a first order family history of the disease!
Certain thermographic risk markers can warn you of the need to PAY MORE ATTENTION to your breast and surrounding lymphatic system and to take PREVENTATIVE ACTION.
Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, is necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor. Breast thermography may catch the first signal that such a possibility is developing. Mammograms cannot do this!
CLARITY ON HORMONES AND IT'S ROLE ON BREAST TISSUE
Since a significant risk factor for the development of breast cancer is lifetime exposure to certain hormones, normalizing the balance of the hormones in the breast may be an important step in prevention. Certain thermographic signs may suggest the effects of hormones in the breasts. I can help you run further tests to clarify this. If these tests are positive, you'll need to get in action to clear excess hormones.
Now you know more about how themography, let's look at the key differences. The following graph outlines the differences between mammography, medical infrared imaging (thermography), and ultrasound.
How to take action
Now you understand why thermography is an important tool. So now's it's time to take action to help your breast and body become more cancer resistant!
I want everyone to have the chance to get screened. That's why I am opening this breast clinic to everyone. No physician referral is required, just book your time and take advantage of this annual opportunity.
Here's how to begin:
1.Register for the clinic.
The clinic is open from 9am to 4pm and appointments are 30 min long. Once you register, you're required to pre-pay upon booking. The cost of the screening includes: your thermography screening, imaging results with interpretation, and a 30min follow up with Dr. Vera to discuss your results + a bonus discussion on genetics and hormones and the impact on breast health. Cost- $2
2. Complete your intake forms.
Download this pre procedure packet with instructions to prepare for the screening, intake forms, consent forms, fill them out and send back to us prior to the thermography clinic no later than Tuesday May 8th. You can upload here, fax or email your forms to us. We'll need to review this ahead of time.
3. At your appointment:
There are specific instructions prior to the exam. Be sure to read the pre-appointment instructions in your packet. Your screening is 30-35 minutes. You'll get step-by-step instructions on what to do to optimize the best reading. Remember, there's no smashing of your breasts. It's 100% non- invasive and does not emit any radiation.
4. What happens after the clinic:
Once your results are in, we'll schedule 30min follow up call with myself, Dr. Singleton to discuss your results + we'll talk in depth about your results and what actions you need to take. Remember your added session bonus: I'll discuss what actions you can take to support your genetics, and how to optimize hormone metabolism for a cancer resistant body. This added bonus is valued at $175, but is free when you book your session.
Reach out if you have any questions! I look forward to seeing you on the 12th of May.