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Heat Sensor Can Detect Breast Cancer Years Earlier

Heat Sensor Can Detect Breast Cancer Years Earlier

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(KSL News) -- There's a new breast examine that detects cancer a decade before it shows up on a mammogram.

It's called "thermography" and relies on temperature. Using digital infrared thermal imaging, the examination method detects heat changes in the body. It specifically looks for inflammation that may lead to breast cancer.

Tammy Leiner, Advanced Clinical Thermographer: "Cancers and tumors need a lot of blood to grow. So early stage inflammation patterns can be a precursor to a problem that is much further down the road."

Normal, healthy breast tissue shows up in cool blues and greens, but inflammation is red or white.

Scientists say not all cancer is detectable by thermography, since not all cancers are different temperatures, but it can potentially catch some cancer in its earliest stages.

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