It's Almost Time to Forget Your Mammogram

breast self-exam t-shirtAlthough mammograms have been the tried-and-true screening for women, having new, possibly even more effective options for detecting breast cancer would certainly be amazing. Well, good news is on the horizon, thanks to Israeli inventors, who have created a new breast screening machine that could forever change the way we detect the disease.

By using infrared beams and thermal technology, the new breast cancer scanner finds tumors in the breast without radiation. Wow! Who wouldn't pass up the extra dose of radiation, as long as they could still guarantee an effective breast cancer screening? And judging from the research that will soon appear in the journal Radiology, it seems like this new machine is even more effective than regular mammograms!

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In a major trial of more than 2,500 people, the technology was found to be 92 percent effective at detecting breast cancer in women compared to just 80 percent for traditional mammos. Wow!

The company that developed the scanner says it works by detecting "different signals on the surface of the skin" that women with breast cancer produce. And it does this without even coming into contact with the breast! Hmmmm, so it sounds more comfortable than a mammo -- I'm sure plenty of women wouldn't mind that!

Oh, PLUS, get this: The new technology was found to be as effective in detecting cancer in younger women as older women. While not to be dismissed (just yet), traditional mammos have been known to miss tumors more frequently in women under 50.

The machine is set to get an official EU seal of approval by the end of the year, so it can be used in the United Kingdom. And trials involving another 2,500 women will take place next year at a major London teaching hospital and other hospitals in Barcelona and Paris. With hope, this technology will really take off in Europe AND over here in the States, so women all over the world can have access to this impressive screening, either as an adjunct to regular mammograms or perhaps, one day, a superior substitute.

Are you intrigued by this new technology? Would you try it?

 

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