Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Fortunately, there is technology called digital mammography, which allows physicians to focus on areas of concern. Digital mammography uses traditional X-rays but captures them as digital information, which can be stored electronically, transmitted, displayed, analyzed and manipulated in a number of ways.
Prevention and Detection Recommendations:
- Conduct monthly breast exams
- Get your annual check-up
- Get your mammogram annually after age 45
Facts About Mammograms:
(Courtesy of the American Cancer Society)
- Mammograms are the best weapon we have against breast cancer.
- A woman's lifetime chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8.
- A new breast cancer is diagnosed every 2.5 minutes.
- One American woman dies from breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- Nearly 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year.
- About 2,000 male breast cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and about 400 men will die from the disease.
- Mammograms can find breast cancer early, when it is too small to be felt or seen.
- The older you are, the more important it is for you to take care of your breasts. This means getting regular mammograms, clinical breast exams from your doctor or other qualified health professional.
- Early detection of breast cancer saves lives
Genius 3D Mammography
Regional Health Medical Clinic North 10th Street in Spearfish now offers Genius 3D Mammography. The new technology improves early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Using this three-dimensional technology, radiologists can better detect breast cancer even deep within the tissue, where it might be hidden during a traditional two-dimensional mammogram.
In addition, the Genius 3D Mammography exam finds 20 to 65 percent more of the invasive breast cancers, where early detection is critical to recovery. With 3D's clarity and depth, fewer patients will have to return for second mammograms. Now, 2D images will show something suspicious or ambiguous, and follow-up mammograms are required. Patients with dense breasts, such as younger women, will have a much better chance of early detection with 3D mammography. Call 717-8674 to schedule your screening appointment.