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The Future of Mammograms?

Posted Oct 09 2009 12:00am
New research at Clemson University gives us a peak into the possible future of mammograms.

In collaboration with researchers at the University of Bremen in Germany, Clemson researchers are working hard to optimize a technique called Diffuse Optical Tomography.  Unlike traditional mammograms that use X-ray irradiation, Diffuse Optical Tomography uses infrared and visible light to create high-resolution images to detect very small cancers.  According to the researchers, this new technique is safer (no radiation), more comfortable physically, less expensive, and will image cancers as small as 1 millimeter.  On top of all that, the researchers believe that over time a home version for self-examination might one day be available.  You can read the Clemson University press release HERE.

This breast cancer research is great news.  Any method that is safe, available for use in the privacy of your own home and can detect very small cancers would be a tremendous step forward in early breast cancer detection and early breast cancer treatment.  In the meantime, don't forget that yearly mammograms are currently one of the most important things you can do to detect breast cancer early.

In addition to yearly mammograms, following a healthy lifestyle can be key to reducing your breast cancer risk.  Read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at www.fightBCnow.com to learn more.
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