What is 3D Mammography?
3D mammography is the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer. It is a more advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool for early breast cancer detection. It generates multiple low-dose images at different angles, creating a detailed 3D image of the breast tissue, providing greater visibility for the radiologist.
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
Importance of Early Detection
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 over 98 percent. 3D mammography is a new technology that promises to improve breast cancer detection while reducing callbacks and the anxiety they can cause.
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 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.
Talk to your Primary Care Provider or OB/GYN about your family history, areas of concern, and potential risk for breast cancer. If you are over 40, call 920.262.4825 to schedule your yearly mammogram.