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Detect Breast Cancer Early
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. 3D mammography is a new technology that promises to improve breast cancer detection while reducing callbacks and the anxiety they can cause.
What is 3D Mammography?
3D mammography is the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or "slices"-building a 3 dimensional mammogram.
In a conventional 2D mammogram there appears to be an area of concern that the doctor may want to further investigate with another mammogram or biopsy. Looking at the same breast tissue in 3D mammography image slices, the doctor can now see that the tissue is in fact normal breast tissue that was overlapping in the traditional mammogram creating the illusion of an abnormal area.
Additional benefits of 3D mammography:
- Detects breast cancer up to 53% more often than traditional mammography
- Detects breast cancer earlier than any other method currently available
- Decreases "call-backs" by 20 to 40%
- Is particularly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue and an increased risk of breast cancer
For women without excessive risk factors, the American Cancer Society® recommends this smart three-step plan for preventive care:
- Monthly breast self-examination for women age 20 and over. During this self-exam, you should check for lumps and look for changes in your breasts and the surrounding tissues. If you have questions on how to correctly perform this exam, our breast health specialists can help.
- Clinical breast examination by a health professional. Women in their 20s and 30s should have this exam every three years. If you are 40 or older, schedule a clinical breast exam annually.
- Routine mammogram every one to two years for women over 40. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray used to evaluate breast health. It helps doctors see whether there are abnormalities or changes in your breast tissue, which may need further exploration. Mammography can detect breast cancer long before a lump can be felt.
Early detection of breast cancer significantly improves your chances for successful treatment. The breast health specialists at the Center for Women’s Health at Watertown Regional Medical Center can help you develop a plan for better breast health.
Breast Cancer Care
If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’ll have questions, concerns and unique needs. That’s why we provide a personal navigator to help make your experience as carefree as possible. Our women's health navigators are specially trained registered nurses who can provide the answers and resources you need, and help coordinate your care from your first appointment through your last.
Having great care, close to home is also important. We provide a comprehensive team of experts to treat and care for you after a breast cancer diagnosis. Through our partnership with the UW Cancer Center in Johnson Creek, you have access to oncologists with leading-edge research and treatments offered by the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison. From surgery to reconstruction, your care is in good hands.
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