October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the ability to catch cancer early is what makes a mammogram such a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. In fact, it can detect breast cancer up to two years before a tumor can be felt through a self-exam or by a physician. 3D mammography allows radiologists to investigate and scroll through multiple levels of imaging to see if an area of concern is regular tissue or a possible tumor. The technology allows them to find small tumors that could be hiding in denser areas of the breast that previously would have been obscured.
Finding a small tumor during a screening mammogram can feel like a tragedy to patients, but in reality, it can be a type of victory because the goal is discovering the tumor when it’s small.
Catching breast cancer early through a mammogram means:
·Therapies, like breast conservation therapy, will be the most effective ·Treatment can begin early, possibly before the cancer spreads ·The patient will have the best possible chance at recovery
Patients may be concerned about COVID-19 safety at screenings, but the staff at imaging facilities like those at AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares are focused on safety so patients can focus on their health.
"The improved technology in 3D mammography serves patients better than ever before, because early detection saves lives," says Patricia Geraghty, Radiologist at AdventHealth Waterman.
Local 3D mammograms can be scheduled by visiting www.ScheduleYourMammo.com
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