Sept 30, 1968

Screening Breast Cancer By Thermography

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1968;206(1):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150010084036

To the Editor:—  I should like to briefly comment on the article entitled "Theremography and Mass Screening of Occult Breast Cancer" 204:419, 1968. This paper has left many of my colleagues with the impression that thermography is of no value as a screening procedure in occult carcinoma of the female breast, and I believe this impression to be totally incorrect. Several published articles1-3 and papers4,5 have been presented which clearly demonstrate that thermography is of value in the diagnosis of breast carcinoma. An extensive survey5 concluded that 80% of investigators with considerable experience in breast thermography "retain their enthusiasm and believe that thermography should play a significant role in screening for breast cancer." These investigators "appear to be in agreement that a very large proportion of breast cancers are detectable by thermography (possibly eight or nine out of ten)."5 Hitchcock's major concern was with