Analyses of breast thermograms are still a challenging task primarily due to the limitations such as low contrast, low signal to noise ratio and absence of clear edges. Therefore, always there is a requirement for preprocessing techniques before performing any quantitative analysis. In this work, a noise removal framework using fast non-local means algorithm, method noise and median filter was used to denoise breast thermograms. The images considered were subjected to Anscombe transformation to convert the distribution from Poisson to Gaussian. The pre-denoised image was obtained by subjecting the transformed image to fast non-local means filtering. The method noise which is the difference between the original and predenoised image was observed with the noise component merged in few structures and fine detail of the image. The image details presented in the method noise was extracted by smoothing the noise part using the median filter. The retrieved image part was added to the pre-denoised image to obtain the final denoised image. The performance of this technique was compared with that of Wiener and SUSAN filters. The results show that all the filters considered are able to remove the noise component. The performance of the proposed denoising framework is found to be good in preserving detail and removing noise. Further, the method noise is observed with negligible image details. Similarly, denoised image with no noise and smoothed edges are observed using Wiener filter and its method noise is contained with few structures and image details. The performance results of SUSAN filter is found to be blurred denoised image with little noise and also method noise with extensive structure and image details. Hence, it appears that the proposed denoising framework is able to preserve the edge information and generate clear image that could help in enhancing the diagnostic relevance of breast thermograms. In this paper, the introduction, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion and conclusions are presented in detail. Copyright 2014, ISA All Rights Reserved.