Changing lifestyle patterns of recent times have increased the risks of women developing Breast Cancer. A hectic work schedule doesn’t provide people with the time to look after their health. Thus, in a situation where more women are prone to getting breast cancer, it is mandatory to get yourself regularly tested for the disease.
There are various methods for testing the presence of cancerous cells. However, it is important that you understand how each method works since these methods react differently with different bodies. We have tried to make decision-making easier for you with a comparative analysis of two major Breast Cancer detecting techniques. Read on to know more.
Cancer experts recommend breast examinations every three years after the age of twenty. Women over forty years of age should get themselves checked annually. Early detection of breast cancer will help in curing it effectively without the use of harsh treatment methods and can decrease the chances of a relapse.
The method to test for cancer is known as screening. Screening is usually performed to test for cancer when there are no evident symptoms. There are two types of screening methods that can be used in the case of breast cancer.
- MAMMOGRAMS: This method transmits X-Ray waves through the breast tissues by compressing the breasts between two plates. The images that are obtained in the process are known as Mammograms. According to medical experts, regular mammography tests reduce the number of fatalities from breast cancer by providing an early diagnosis for effective treatment.
Regular mammography tests benefit women who fall under the high-risk groups, i.e., those who are above the age of forty years or those who have a history of breast cancer in their family. However, mammography comes with its fair share of risks that need to be kept in mind for the long run.
Prolonged exposure to mammography radiation may damage healthy cells of the body. Many times a mammogram may also detect non-invasive types of cancer tissues which do not require treatment resulting in an erroneous diagnosis.
- THERMOGRAMS: DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) is a type of thermography that is used to detect cancer tissues by recording the temperature changes on the surface of the body. The process uses a thermal infrared camera to develop a heat map of different temperature areas of the breasts.
As thermography does not use radiation, it can be used over a long period. Also, it is a non-contact procedure that does not compress or damage the breast tissues. However, thermography isn’t always a foolproof process as it has a high false-negative rate. Thus, it may show that cancer is not present when in actuality, it is. Therefore, a standard mammogram screening is required even after a thermography test has been conducted.
Knowing about the condition that ails you will help in finding the right kind of treatment. Thus, make sure you go for regular screening to ensure timely intervention.