'Miracle Mile' fund raiser today boosts breast cancer effort

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 4:38 PM
Last updated 5:50 PM
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Dark skies and cool temperatures did not slow down this morning's Miracle Mile Walk, a three-mile walk through downtown Augusta.

The event was held to benefit breast cancer care through University Hospital’s Breast Health Center and Mobile Mammography Unit.

There were about 2,000 walkers at last year's Miracle Mile Walk including about 150 breast cancer survivors. .

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soldout 10/17/09 - 08:54 am
While mammography has been

While mammography has been the gold standard since the 1950's, there is another breast cancer screening option available. Digital infrared thermal imaging or thermography was FDA approved for clinical use in 1982. It is a non-invasive screening method that is completely pain-free and radiation free. Thermography is a quick and easy procedure utilizing an infrared imaging camera to detect abnormal skin temperatures, which can be an indication of tissue inflammation. Thermography can often indicate potential problem areas in the breast tissue up to 10 years earlier than a mammogram alone. Where mammography is a test of anatomy looking for actual masses, thermography is a test of physiology and looks for functional changes in the breast tissue which may indicate problems before the mass forms. In a German study when computerized regulation thermography was used, the accuracy of diagnosis rose to 92%, 20% more accurate than mammography. Several published studies on the radiation effects of routine mammograms have lead to some considerable concern. One Swedish study, for example, showed that nearly 30% more cases of breast cancer for those who had done mammograms for ten years.

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Craig Spinks 10/17/09 - 05:17 pm
(S)oldout, reading good

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