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NANTICOKE & 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY – Why it matters! If you are a woman 40 years or older, hopefully you are having an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer. When detected early, the survival rate for breast cancer increases dramatically.
The following 5-year survival rates reported by the American Cancer Society (http://www. cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/ breast-cancer-survival-by-stage) for the detection of breast cancer show why having an annual mammogram can be so important to a woman’s health. • Stage IV or Metastatic Cancer (spread to other parts of the body) – 22 percent • Stage III Cancer – 72 percent • Stage II Cancer – 93 percent • Stage 0 or I Cancer – nearly 100 percent Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford offers the latest in mammograms using Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exams. But what is 3-D mammography? How is it different from traditional mammography? What is 3-D mammography? Approved by the FDA, 3-D mammography uses multiple images, or X-rays, to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. Using these multiple images, a 3-D mammogram provides more detail than traditional mammography, which uses a single image. During the 3-D exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.
clearer picture of breast masses, making it easier to detect breast cancer, detect it earlier and reduce false positives. When using 2-D mammography, overlapping tissues is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks or repeated testing. A 3D mammogram can reduce the tissue overlap effect. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include: • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. Who should have a 3-D Mammogram? Any woman who needs breast screening should consider 3-D mammography. In particular, women with dense breast tissue may benefit from 3-D technology because of the layered images that make it easier for doctors to catch breast cancer early. 3-D also helps catch more cancers and helps doctors see the cancer size much better. If you have a family history of breast cancer, regardless of your age, talk with your provider about having a mammogram. What are the risks associated with having a 3-D Mammogram? A 3-D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram so there is no increased risk to a patient than a traditional mammogram.
Why 3-D mammography? There are several reasons why finding a provider that uses 3-D mammography is important. Because this technology uses multiple images, doctors have a
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