If there were a way to protect yourself from harm’s way, wouldn’t
you take it?
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Saint Francis Healthcare wants
to remind you how easy it can be to catch cancer in its earliest stages:
early detection is your best protection. Breast cancer is the second-leading
cancer killer among Delaware women, and even more frightening is that
one-third of breast cancer diagnoses in Delaware are for late-stage cancer.
Thanks to tests like mammograms, clinical breast exams and self-exams (and
knowing risk factors and signs), women and men across Delaware and the
rest of the United States are able to proactively monitor the existence
of cancerous lumps and masses before the cancer has a chance to spread.
According to the nonprofit Prevent Cancer Foundation, if breast cancer
is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the five-year survival rate is 99%.
What is an easy way to get a jump-start on detection? Three-dimensional
Studies have shown that a 3D mammogram increases the detection of invasive
breast cancers. These mammograms differ from the traditional 2D mammogram
in a few important ways.
The process of obtaining the X-ray in a 3D mammogram produces a clearer,
more defined image.
Though 2D mammograms still provide great insight into potential cancerous
masses within the breast, a 3D scan takes a series of X-rays from many
different angles, moving in an arch, to recreate a 3-dimensional image
of the breast. Radiologists can actually view the tissue one millimeter
at a time, thanks to the thin cross-sectional images the X-ray takes of
the breast. This differs from the conventional 2D mammography, which produces
a single, flat image.
3D mammograms have the added benefit of increased accuracy.
Since the 3D mammograms provide better clarity and a more finely detailed
image, there is an added benefit: 3D mammography reduces false positives
up to 40%, reducing the number of unnecessary return visits (not to mention
the stress on our patients).
3D mammograms provide better images for those with dense breast tissue.
3D mammography increases the overall breast cancer detection by 10-30%,
which benefits those women who have denser breasts. Since the moving X-ray
arm of the mammography machine takes pictures of the breast from more
angles, a better picture is produced. The test is able to detect 41% more
invasive breast cancers than the 2D mammography.
3D mammography directly influences Saint Francis Healthcare’s ability
to detect and treat cancer early, when it is most curable. This advanced
technology will bring more accurate information, better outcomes and the
promise of a better future to many patients. To learn more about 3D mammograms,
or to make an appointment with us, call 302.421.4141.