GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 4, 2009) – As patients and many in the medical community are expressing concerns over recent changes in the recommended guidelines for mammograms, Greenville Natural Health Center is offering breast thermography, a safe, pain-free alternative for detecting breast disease.Breast thermography combines advanced digital technology with ultra-sensitive infrared camera imaging to detect patterns of heat produced from the increased circulation produced by abnormal metabolic activity in cancer cells. There is no radiation exposure and no compression of breast tissue during a thermogram. The entire breast can be imaged, and changes in breast tissue that accompany the smallest of tumors can be detected. Thermography also differentiates between fibrocystic breast disease and tumors.

“Our goal is to keep our patients healthy, and we believe thermography to be among the most effective, safe methods of breast screening,” said Dr. Marin Ponton, an acupuncture physician specializing in women’s health. “We offer thermograms to our patients for only the cost of the exam because we believe this method of diagnostic testing increases the chance of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.”

Asheville Integrative Medicine administers thermograms for Greenville Natural Health Center each quarter, with appointments now being accepted for the next scheduled testing date on Feb. 10, 2010. Appointments can be made by calling 864-370-1140.

About Greenville Natural Health Center – Opened in 2007 by Dr. Marina Ponton, Greenville Natural Health Center specializes in health and wellness using natural health modalities, such as acupuncture, therapeutic massage and nutritional and herbal therapy. The center integrates biomedicine (Western medicine) with traditional Chinese medicine, using a holistic, mind-body approach to treat health issues such as chronic fatigue, chronic pain, menopause and infertility. Located on Laurens Road in Greenville, center hours are by appointment Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

Contributed by Kathy Vass

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