As many Pittsburgh residents know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most women over the age of 40 know that it's important to get a mammogram. But, recently a new type of screening has emerged that has doctors worried, thermography. Is thermography a substitute for a mammogram or does it lead to a failure to diagnose cancer?
Almost every woman over 40 will have a mammogram. Women find these screenings for breast cancer uncomfortable and the test is often dreaded. Recently another test has been popping up in cities across the U.S. claiming to be able to detect breast cancer before a mammogram can detect it. Thermography uses an infrared camera to investigate heat and blood flow. By looking for active blood vessel activity, thermographers believe they can spot aggressive forms of breast cancer.