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EP 103 - Bye Bye Mammograms? Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Women who have been told repeatedly to "get your mammogram" may have been misled.
Air Date: 10/23/18
Duration: 28:05
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Nyjon Eccles, MD, PhD
Nyjon-EcclesFollowing his double doctorates (Medicine and Pharmacology), Dr. Nyjon Eccles has worked as a general and natural medicine physician with special interest in supportive nutritional treatments that promote well-being, recovery and anti-aging. He has brought several product innovations to the field of nutritional and anti-aging medicine. He is also one of UK’s leading experts in bioidentical hormones.

As the Medical Director of The Natural Doctor in Harley Street, London, he has become one of Europe’s leading clinicians involved in Breast Thermography as a non-evasive tool for early detection of breast cancer and for this purpose has developed ThermoCheck®, a computer-assisted Breast Thermography system. Some of his time is spent in research and he has authored many reviews on a wide range of topics related to natural medicine and is in frequent demand as a public speaker.

He is listed in the “Who’s Who” in the World for outstanding achievement in his field.
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EP 103 - Bye Bye Mammograms? Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening
For decades, women have been advised to "get your mammogram" as an early detection approach.

According to Dr. Nyjon Eccles, women have been misled. 

Based on research, Dr. Eccles states that mammography screening doesn't lead to survival advantage. He cites research results that show for every 2,000 women who are screened over 10 years, one life will be saved, 10 women will receive unnecessary treatment, and 200 women will receive false positive results.

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A better alternative, says Dr. Eccles, is the use of thermography, which uses infrared cameras to detect heat radiating from breast tissue. Cancers generate heat because they are highly metabolic and cause increased blood circulation. The screening tool does not involve compression of the breasts, nor does it use radiation. It is able to pick up on potential cancer before it can be seen, structurally, by a mammogram. 

Another benefit is that thermography screening isn't impeded by dense breast tissue, and therefore can be used in younger women who may have a family history or genetic risk. 

While mammography may produce false positives, Dr. Eccles has seen thermography result in 90-95% accuracy. 

He does caution, however, that thermography shouldn't be used as a diagnostic tool; rather, its focus should be screening and early detection. Just because heat is detected, doesn't mean it's cancer -- it could be an inflammatory response. That said, any chronic or persistent inflammatory issues should also be followed up with additional diagnostic investigation.

Listen as Dr. Eccles joins Dr. Taz to discuss more about why thermography is a better option to mammography, as well as his development of  ThermoCheck®, a computer-assisted Breast Thermography system.

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