Combined Diagnosis: Thermography, Mammography and Aspiration Cytology in Breast Disease
In India, diseases of the female breast, both benign and malignant, are fairly common. The age-adjusted incidence rate for breast cancer in India per 100,000 population is 25.6. Cancer of the breast is the second greatest killer in the female population after cancer of the cervix uteri. The problem with us is that many patients present with very advanced cancers. Efficient follow-ups were possible only when a detection clinic started screening for both pre-clinical and symptomatic cases. In an effort to improve mortality and morbidity by early detection, a large scale program started in 1979. Self-selected asymptomatic and symptomatic women between the ages of 35 and 75 were eligible to attend and undergo clinical examination, thermography and mammography in addition to answering a questionnaire, and to have the examinations repeated at intervals.
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