Although beneficial on some levels, thermography does not seem to gain the support of the major health entities in the country. The National Screening Unit in the Ministry of Health, the Cancer Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and the New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists expressed their opposition to the use of thermography in the diagnosis, especially that of the breast cancer.
These organizations reported that they do not support the use thermography as a breast cancer screening, due to the shortage of information regarding its effectiveness. These report came out after a long series of inquires from the General Practitioners as well as the women, who wanted to seek authorized information on thermography.
According to Dr Julia Peters, the spokesperson of the National Screening Unit, the promotion for this diagnostic tool is the reason behind the increasing concerns of the health organizations. Dr. Peters said, "We are concerned that women who undergo thermography may delay visiting their doctor with a significant breast cancer symptom, or not have a mammogram because they believe thermography is an adequate replacement".
Further investigations on the validity of thermography are needed before it attains the official support.
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