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The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Women with personal risk factors for developing breast cancer may consider supplemental screening procedures, such as 3D mammography, in addition to screening mammography. Early detection is key to preventing breast cancer deaths.

What is Mammography?

3D mammography works similarly to conventional mammography, but offers more detailed views and 3-dimensional visual representations of breast tissue.

Benefits of 3D Mammography

Because it offers more detailed views than conventional mammography, 3D mammography is especially useful in women with higher than normal risk for developing breast cancer, such as those with dense breast tissue.

Who is Screening Mammography For?

Breast cancer screening is most effective when mammography is performed once per year beginning at age 40. These guidelines would reduce mortality by 7 percent more than screening every two years beginning at age 50.

Are There Any Risks?

Some women receive incorrect, false-positive results and additional testing is recommended: 10% are recalled for more imaging, 2% are recommended for needle biopsy and 0.5% are diagnosed with cancer.

 

Get Screened

The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging agree – annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Request an appointment to get started. A member of our expert staff will respond quickly.

References

* Compared to 2D mammography alone.

  1. FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005

  2. Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.

  3. Zuckerman SP, Conant EF, Keller BM, et al. Implementation of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography in a Population-based Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Program. Radiology. 2016 Dec;281(3):730-736.

  4. Skaane P, Bandos A, Eben EB, et al. Two-view digital breast tomosynthesis screening with synthetically reconstructed projection images: comparison with digital breast tomosynthesis with full-field digital mammographic images. Radiology. 2014 Jun;271(3):655-63.

  5. Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

  6. McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43.

  7. Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6. Breastcancer.org. US breast cancer statistics.

  8. Breastcancer.org. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics. Accessed on: May 25, 2016. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Stages 0 & 1: what does is mean to have stage 1 breast cancer?

  9. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-stage-0- and-1. Accessed on: March 31, 2015.

  10. Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. "Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography." JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499-2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia Dimensions on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D(TM) mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography(TM) System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.