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Thermography: is a new diagnostic method necessary for breast cancer detection?

Croatian Society of Natural Sciences
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antonini.vp Thermography: is a new diagnostic method necessary for breast cancer detection? Human history becomes a race between knowledge and catastrophe Despite everything, the world progresses and will progress Herbert George Wells Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide (in2010, nearly 1.5 million people were told: »You have breast can- cer«). It is also the principal cause of 500,000 deaths from cancer among women globally (1). The progress achieved in diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases offers encouragement to both physicians and diseased women; the physicians have managed to save many lives, and many lives have been prolonged. The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed that two components of early detection have been shown to improve cancer mortality rate (1): education – helps people recognize early signs of cancer and seek prompt medical attention for symptoms and screening programs – identify early cancer or pre-cancer condition before signs are recognizable, including breast cancer mammography. Medical community – and particularly its segment that deals with this problem area – is almost daily exposed to: new guidelines for appli- cation of diagnostic and screening protocols (2, 3, 4, 5). Also, the participation of new genes as predictors of disease progno- sis and outcome has been revealed (6), the need for new standardiza- tion of current immunohistochemistry protocols has been emphasized (7), new pharmaceutical preparations have been included for the breast cancer treatment that are at various stages of clinical trials (8, 9), some drugs are excluded from standard protocols (10) and warnings are is- sued on the hazards accompanying introduction of new diagnostic methods in clinical practice (11). Undoubtedly, we are now at a stage when, with a multitude of rec- ommendations, protocols, cautions and new preparations, it is increas- ingly hard for physicians – and particularly for patients – to decide for optimal solution. Clearly,

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