If you have been on a Healthy Breast journey  for a while, then you probably know some of the possible risks associated with mammography . While some women still use this conventional screening tool exclusively, many others search for safer options. If you are one of these individuals, then you should be aware that there are LOTS of other ways to consistently screen for presence of Breast Cancer. What’s more, many of these tools have proven to be very effective for early detection.
#1 My Breast Friend™
When I discovered that first small lump in my left breast in 2004, I found it while doing a Breast Self-Exam, or BSE. I was shocked and concerned, of course. But I was also grateful that I had learned BSE skills well enough to be able to detect it at an early stage.
BSE has proven the test of time. It is one of the most effective ways of detecting potentially unhealthy lumps. According to a study done by the University of Washington, physical examination and touch accounts for 56% of all lumps discovered (compared to 43% via mammography). What’s more, most women  discover that lump on their own, not at the doctor’s office.
My Breast Friend™  was created around the Mammacare Method™, the gold standard for teaching both personal and clinical breast examination. Learning how to perform a breast self-exam with My Best Friend™ gives you the confidence to Never Fear Breast Cancer Again ! Even if you consistently get a mammogram or thermogram every year, there are still 364 days of the year where your breast tissue can change!
I have been sharing the benefits of thermography  for years and I still consider it one of the best and most effective early screening tools. Why? Because thermography can often detect inflammatory anomalies and physiological changes in the breast area years before other methods can.
Thermography is also known as “Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging” or DITI. It is designed to read the “infrared heat” that is emitted from the body. DITI can potentially detect unhealthy cells years before a lump may be detected on a mammogram. Research going back to the 1980’s has proven that thermography works .
I encourage you to support the findings of a thermogram or mammogram with an ultrasound. Ultrasound can give you a visual representation of any changes in your breast tissue. No one screening tool is 100% accurate, so getting several images of your breast tissue insures that you are getting the best overview of any changes in your breast tissue.
#3 The “Trifecta” Tests
The term “Trifecta” comes from integrative oncologist Dr. Nasha Winters  and refers to 3 very basic blood tests. For those who are already on a healing journey with Breast Cancer , she recommends getting these tests done every three months:
-HS – CRP: High amounts of C Reactive Protein, or HS-CRP, have been connected to higher levels of inflammation in the body. Of course, inflammation is the common denominator in almost every disease state, including Breast Cancer . Higher levels of CRP are associated with a higher mortality rate with breast cancer.
-LDH: LDH stands for Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase, an enzyme that is in all living cells. High levels are associated with disease conditions and inflammation. Major research has already determined high serum LDH to be a biomarker for Breast Cancer .
ESR: ESR stands for Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate  and takes a look at how red blood cells clump together. It also measures inflammation levels, especially those that may come from either a pathogen (like a cancer cell) or an autoimmune reaction.
#4 Other Key Substances
In addition to the Trifecta, consider getting tested for these other breast health-related substances:
-Iodine (and iodine blockers): Iodine is responsible for a lot more than just thyroid health; mammary gland tissue uses iodine as fuel as well. I recommend getting a 24 hour urine Iodine Loading Test along with getting your levels of common “iodine blockers” tested as well. These include fluoride, bromide and chloride. A good lab to connect with to get all of these tests done in one package is Hakala Labs .
-IGF-1: IGF-1, or “Insulin Growth Factor-1” is normally associated with insulin resistance. However, an overabundance can also lead to higher levels of aggressive forms of estrogen  as well as other hormonal imbalances.
-Nagalase: Nagalase is an enzyme that is emitted by cancer cells and viruses. In a nutshell, it puts your immune system “to sleep” so that it does not recognize the cancer cells.
#5 IvyGene Test
The makers of the Oncoblot Test (which is no longer available) now have a brand new test called Ivy Gene . Created by Mor-NuCo Enterprises, Ivy Gene is for early detection for Breast Cancer as well as lung, prostate and colon cancer in the body.
Ivy Gene relies on an analysis of free cancer DNA methylation. Specifically, this one-of-a-kind testing method measures sequencing patterns for methylation that are specific to tumor cells. This makes for a more accurate analysis all around.
If you are unfamiliar with the important role methylation plays in the healthy functioning of many aspects of your body, be sure to read about it HERE .
#6 RGCC Test.
The RGCC Test  is also known as the Greece Test. It can be a very valuable tool to help you determine specific options, both traditional and natural substances options to support your healing journey. If you wish to utilize RGCC test results, I recommend that you work with an integrative professional that understands how to interpret the results and create a protocol for you. Our 7 Essentials® Certified Coaches  are very familiar with interpreting the results of this test.
Know Your Options When It Comes to Safe Breast Cancer Screenings
The science is constantly improving when it comes to accuracy in early breast cancer screening methods. My hope is that this article can give you an “updated profile” of some of the most effective screenings that are typically used outside of traditional medicine.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/.