ThermoCheck Breast Thermography

Why it’s time to take the fight to breast cancer
Dr. Nyjon Eccles

When people talk about breast cancer, I’m reminded of the story I read not so long ago about a woman called Joan, the kind of vivacious, live-life-to-the-full sort of woman just into her fifties who believed that nothing was impossible if she put her mind to it.

She was a schoolteacher who, like many women, decided to leave her job for the altogether tougher career of full-time mum and then, when the nest was empty, threw herself into a law degree, qualified and joined a law firm.

Her story, as told by her daughter Lori, spoke of a woman who met every challenge with the unwavering conviction that it could be overcome. Until she met the one that couldn’t.

Joan’s story is a terribly familiar one. A lump in her breast discovered one morning while showering, a test, the diagnosis. Stage 1 breast cancer and a mastectomy at the age of 51. Two years later the cancer metastasized to her liver and Stage 1 became a Stage 4 and no hope of a cure.

Over the next seven years life came to be measured by the intervals between chemotherapy sessions, blood tests, scans and marker tests and then, nine years after the initial diagnosis of breast cancer, Joan was gone.

Some of you will probably be wondering how long before her diagnosis it had been since Joan had undergone a cancer screening test. The answer is that she had got a clear mammogram just a few months before.

And that’s part of the problem, because a mammogram isn’t reliable enough to be a guarantee that you haven’t got – or, crucially, won’t get – cancer.

The statistic you rarely see about mammograms is that in a third of cases they give a false diagnosis. And that works both ways – either a positive indication of cancer when there is none, or a negative reading when a tumour exists.

In extreme, but not uncommon cases, that can mean unnecessary surgery, including mastectomy; and too often it can mean valuable time is wasted before the disease can be treated.

No one knows whether Joan’s mammogram gave a false reading or whether she contracted the cancer after the screening was carried out. But when I think of Joan and all the other women who went on similar journeys before and since, I can’t help but believe that the way those journeys ended could have been very, very different.

ThermoCheck is a new computer-assisted Breast thermography system; is a non-invasive procedure that uses infra-red technology to measure irregularities in heat within the breast to determine risk. And because even early breast cancers tend to have abnormal blood vessel patterns and increased metabolic activity compared to the surrounding tissue, these heat changes can begin between six and ten years before a tumour can be seen on a mammogram.

The changes in blood vessel formation are called neovascularisation or angiogenesis and neovascularisation is the earliest sign of a rapidly growing tumour. It can be detected by infra-red screening – but not my mammography.

Not only that, but the thermogram is 90% sensitive and studies show that figure can increase to 95% when incorporating a dynamic cold challenge, as is the case with ThermoCheck.

The dynamic cold challenge exposes the breast to cold room temperature for 10 minutes. Because the blood vessels that supply a developing cancer do not have a normal nerve supply and therefore do not constrict on exposure to cold like normal blood vessels, areas that do not cool arouse more suspicion.

This means that where there is an increased risk, thermography will correctly identify it in up to 95% of cases, maximising the effect of early intervention to reduce the risk. Moreover, there’s no limit to the number of thermograms you can have, as there is no ionising radiation involved.

Just think about that for a moment: the possibility that a ThermoCheck breast thermogram can give an accurate early warning of tangible cancer risk up to a decade before a mammogram would be able to pick up the disease – and offers the opportunity to reduce the likelihood of actually contracting the disease at all.

The world is becoming more aware of the huge challenge of cancer – and particularly about breast cancer. Awareness is high, the majority of women understand the need to regularly check their breast health – and yet there are still more than 55,000 diagnoses of cancer in the UK every year, one in nine women can expect a diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime and the number of young women diagnosed with the disease is rising.

Relying on mammography to tackle the march of breast cancer is simply not enough.

It may be that Joan never knew about ThermoCheck advanced breast thermography. Maybe she did and elected not to investigate that option. Maybe it just wasn’t available to her anyway. But I can’t help but wonder how ThermoCheck might have changed her story and the stories of the many others like her.

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Dr. Nyjon Eccles lauded by Marquis Who’s Who for accomplishments in health care in 2017!

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Nyjon Eccles was lauded by Marquis Who’s Who for accomplishments in health care!

This is a huge achievement for us which shows Dr. Eccles’ strong commitment and constant innovation and we are very happy to share this great news with you.

From the whole team at The Natural Doctor, we wish you a beautiful Easter break with lots of sun!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Natural Doctor Team

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Hormones in the face cream?

Hormones are essential for maintaining youthful tissues and youthful function… the skin is no exception to this.  

Hormones determine the skin’s “biological age”; they control many physiological processes in the skin cells and take care of circulation, collagen formation, provide moisture and promote skin cell regeneration.

At the age of 25, the endocrine glands already release fewer hormones. The circulation- enhancing effect of oestrogen declines and the falling progesterone levels induce collagen depletion. From about the mid-30’s the skin dries out faster, the circulation decreases, the strength and elasticity dwindle; the skin has clearly aged. Furthermore, declining hormone levels during menopause in women, and the andropause in men, reflect the ageing process of both skin and body.

Scientific studies show that the regular use of hormone cosmetics has a positive, regenerating effect on the skin. The drying of the skin can be reduced by up to 24 percent and the formation of wrinkles by up to 30 percent. The biochemical effect of hormones on the ageing process of the skin is indisputable.

Average wrinkle scores have been shown to be lower in hormone users than in non-hormone users (Wolff EF, Narayan D, Taylor HS. Fertil Steril. 2005 Aug; 84(2):285-8). Long-term postmenopausal hormone therapy users have more elastic skin and less severe wrinkling than women who never used hormone therapy, suggesting that hormone therapy may have cosmetic benefits. Declining hormone levels are synonymous with loss of skin elasticity and structure but also reduced elasticity and function in other tissues.

Application of topical hormone formulas has clearly been shown to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin hydration and elasticity.

This is why I have created my own range of BioJeune face creams filled with bioidentical hormones, to achieve non-invasive anti-ageing with significant results.

 

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The Natural Doctor Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Natural Doctor Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Our aim is to make sure that every woman considers their breast health a priority and annual check-ups become part of their routine.
To reinforce The Breast Cancer Awareness message, The Natural Doctor is offering discounted thermal breast scans throughout October offering you that ‘peace of mind’.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BREAST SCREENING WITH THERMOGRAPHY?

Benefits of Breast Screening with Thermography - The Natural Doctor Article

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“I would choose thermographic scans each time. If there is a radiation-free option, then that is the one I prefer. “

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1. How did you come to hear about Thermographic breast scans?

This was something I heard about first while living in Italy where it was available in a clinic close to where I lived. As a procedure that did not involve radiation, it was the best option for me.

2. What was your experience with Dr.Eccles?

Good.

3. How do you feel about mammograms vs Thermographic breast scan?

I would choose thermographic scans each time. If there is a radiation-free option, then that is the one I prefer.

4. How did the treatment help your situation? (mention any supplements you may have been taking).*

I have been taking nutricell plus, anti-inflammatories (three times a week) and trying to increase my cruciferous vegetable intake. All of these have contributed to an improved TH rating for me.*

5. Can you recommend Dr.Eccles for breast scanning to your friends and family?

Yes.

6. What’s one point of advice you could give to people who haven’t yet had a breast scan?

Don’t wait any longer to have a scan. Prophylactic intervention is the best way to prevent this disease.

*Results may vary from person to person

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