No more Mammograms??

  1. Doctors in Perth are embarking on new research that could see the early signs of breast cancer detected in a breath test.
    Professor Christobel Saunders says patients with cancer have unique compounds in their breath that when analysed can indicate they may have cancer.
    The research will be conducted in Perth over the next two years, involving 300 volunteers.
    Professor Saunders says if the science behind the theory is proved, it could reduce the need for mammograms.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...0/s1755607.htm

    Okay - so, it won't do away with them completely but I am ALL for anything that reduces that "squish" test
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    is this specific for breast ca? i have heard of ca detecting dogs so i guess that if that is valid it would probably have to to with an odor that the dogs can detect
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Interesting . . . .

    The "squish" test has never hurt me so I don't mind.

    My goal would be something more accurate . . ..like 100%.

    steph
  5. by   prmenrs
    The annual squish-o-gram has sure hurt ME a lot. Gives new meaning to the phrase between a rock and a hard [cold] place.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    The annual squish-o-gram has sure hurt ME a lot. Gives new meaning to the phrase between a rock and a hard [cold] place.
    I'm sorry that it hurts prmenrs . . .

    steph
  7. by   prmenrs
    I'm told it hurts because: there's a lot of it, I've never carried a pregnancy to term or nursed a baby.

    There would be BIG changes in this exam if men had to go thru a similar proceedure for testicular cancer!!!
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    I'm told it hurts because: there's a lot of it, I've never carried a pregnancy to term or nursed a baby.

    There would be BIG changes in this exam if men had to go thru a similar proceedure for testicular cancer!!!
    Well, then that is the answer . . .I've had 4 children and nursed for 9 years! They just ain't like they used to be . .. and maybe that is good.

    As to testing for men . . . yeah, you are most likely right.

    I have had a sonogram for suspicious lump about 12 years ago - sure is much easier.

    steph
  9. by   indigo girl
    The pros and cons of thermography, another imaging technique, and tool of early detection:

    http://www.breasthealthonline.org/cg...w.pl?tid=46450

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