Alternative to Mammograms Tulsa OK

Think how many lives it could potentially save by alerting women to cancer early enough to do something about it. And it could go a long way toward reducing the number of needless biopsies performed as well.

Richard Allen Shildt, MD
(918) 605-6430
224 Sunset Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cancer Care Assoc

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Yew Cheong Choo, MD
(918) 747-6100
3020 S Harvard Ave Ste C
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nat'L Univ Of Singapore, Fac Of Med, Singapore
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok; U S P H S W W Hastings Indian, Tahlequah, Ok; Southcrest Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Harvard Center

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Charles Wade Taylor, MD
(918) 592-3700
1810 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cancer Care Assoc

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Richard Charles Staab
(918) 592-3700
1810 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hematology / Oncology

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John Eckenrode
(918) 748-7860
1705 E 19th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hematology / Oncology

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George W Schnetzer, MD
(918) 743-8004
2111 E 26th St
Tulsa, OK
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Scott Allen McHam, DO
(918) 592-3700
1810 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
Education
Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa, Ok 74107
Graduation Year: 1997

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Bryan Andrew VanDoren
(918) 592-3700
1810 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hematology / Oncology

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John Howard Lohrey
(918) 592-3700
1810 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hematology / Oncology

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Frederick Wayne Willison, MD
(918) 744-2071
1923 S Utica Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; Doctors Hosp, Tulsa, Ok
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An Alternative to Mammograms

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By Burton Goldberg

In response to the rising rate of breast cancer, women are constantly being reminded how important it is to get regular mammograms. But a mammogram is a screening tool with some real limitations.

It did not offer any advantage to women ages 50 to 59 who were being tested for cancer, according to a Canadian National Breast Screening Study conducted two years ago; the group getting a physical exam plus a mammogram had the same breast cancer death rates as the group getting an exam alone. It also carries a high rate of inaccuracy, both positive and negative. In other words, it sounds the alarm for cancer in up to 10 percent of women who don’t really have it, and doesn’t find it in 10 to 30 percent of women who actually do have it. And since a mammogram is essentially an X-ray of the breast, women are exposed to a small amount of radiation in the process of having one.

Perhaps we could live with these problems if mammography were the only option. But it isn’t. Another promising screening method is breast thermography, which relies on a heat-sensing infrared camera to scan for abnormalities. It’s noninvasive, it’s safe, and it has a high level of accuracy when used as a tool for ruling out cancer.

Here’s how it works: Most objects—including human skin—emit a certain amount of infrared light in proportion to their temperature. Thermography uses this light to map the surface temperature of the breast. That’s important because abnormal tissue growth can raise the temperature of the area of the breast it inhabits, and show up as a hot spot in a thermogram. With the use of thermography we can often detect cancer up to ten years in advance of when it would be picked up in a mammogram or clinical breast exam, according to the International Academy of Clinical Thermology.

And thermography appears to be better than mammography in determining whether a woman is cancer-free. In a four-year clinical trial published last year in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers used thermography on 769 patients who had just gotten suspicious mammogram results. Of the women identified by thermography as cancer-free, only 3 percent turned out to have cancer. (Results were confirmed by follow-up biopsies.) This is much better than the 10 to 30 percent rate for mammograms. The researchers concluded that infrared imaging would be a valuable adjunct to mammography in assessing the likelihood of cancer.

Think how many lives it could potentially save by alerting women to cancer early enough to do something about it. And it could go a long way toward reducing the number of needless biopsies performed as well. Each year in the United States more than a million are performed, and approximately 75 to 80 percent prove to be benign. Instead of using a biopsy to rule out some cancers, thermography could be used instead.

Thermography is also much less invasive than mammography because no tissue is exposed to X-rays. Nor does it involve any of ...

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