In recent years medicine has become increasingly focused on promoting prevention rather than cure, and with good reason.
If, through living healthier lifestyles and improving the options we have for checking our health on a regular basis, we have the chance to prevent serious illness, there’s a huge mutual benefit.
For a start, we stay healthier for longer, enjoying a better quality of life and staying active well into our later years.
The NHS offers Well Man and Well Woman clinics through GPs which are, for want of a better description, an annual service that checks the health elements that are most likely to show changes from year to year, including heart, blood pressure, blood health and lung function.
These sessions offer GPs the chance to spot potential problems more quickly, which means simpler and cheaper treatment can be offered than if the condition was allowed to progress unnoticed. The result is less pressure on a creaking NHS which already suffers from a shortage of staff.
More than that, providing good quality healthcare when it’s needed becomes fundamentally cheaper, because fewer people become seriously ill and in need of long-term care.
For women over the age of 40, there’s also the offer of routine mammography to check for breast cancer, a disease which costs the NHS around £1.65bn annually. However, and as I’ve discussed here on previous occasions, mammography is a diagnostic tool, it is not preventative. And it is not routinely available to women under 40 or over the age of 70.
Yet there is a smart way for all women to protect their breast health in a way that, in the event of a potential risk being identified, can also allow them the opportunity to take steps to tackle the issue and reverse the problem.
ThermoCheck breast thermography is non-invasive and uses computer-assisted thermal imaging to detect abnormalities in breast tissue temperature. These changes in temperature are often an indicator of an underlying breast health issue.
Because breast thermography picks up these changes at an extremely early stage, it’s often the case that there are simple, natural ways to correct an abnormal thermogram and return the breast to normal health. This may be done through lifestyle changes, changes in diet, supplementing key nutrients or restoring natural hormone levels – or a mixture of some or all of these things.
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At present breast thermography is not available on the NHS, though I have lobbied long and hard for that to be addressed, but it’s a process that can be carried out as often as necessary without the risks normally associated with mammography, is suitable for women of all ages (mammography is unsuitable for younger women due to breast tissue density) and is able to spot potential health risks up to a decade earlier than a mammogram can identify the smallest of tumours.
I have yet to hear a compelling reason why breast thermography is not part of the suite of preventative services offered by the NHS – after all, if there’s a screening process that is proven to identify possible health issues and it can potentially allow patients time to restore breast health, why would you not incorporate it into your preventative strategy?
But until it is part of the routine screening process, we are committed to ensuring women across the UK have the information they need to be able to make an informed choice about how they monitor and safeguard their breast health.
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