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Oftentimes, when radiologists see unclear or questionable areas on mammogram results, they have the patient come back for additional exams. Call backs can be more common for women with ‘dense’ breasts, where overlapping tissue makes it harder to see early signs of cancer or other breast problems. 3D Mammography can eliminate many of these call-backs and reduce worry and stress for women.
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One of four women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Breast HealthCare Center are under age 50, according to data at Missouri Baptist – leading physicians here to reaffirm women 40 to 49 need annual mammograms. Screening offers the best chance of detecting early breast cancer.
“Under the current American Cancer Society screening guidelines, it is well documented that breast cancer deaths have dropped 30 percent in women of all ages,” said Geoffrey Hamill, MD, PhD, section chief of mammography. Early detection of cancer is key.
Micro calcifications are small mineral deposits in breast tissue. Although very small, they can be detected by a digital mammogram. They usually do not mean cancer is present. If the calcifications look suspicious for cancer, however, a biopsy is performed.
Macro calcifications are larger mineral deposits in breast tissue. They can be caused by cancer, but most likely are caused by aging of the breast arteries, old injuries or inflammation, and are found in about half of women over 50.
About 180,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States. The vast majority of the women will survive breast cancer. Surgical treatment of breast cancer has become less and less invasive, while achieving these results.
Lumpectomy is an important advance in breast surgery. Cancer is removed, sparing the breast itself and offer women less trauma, a superior cosmetic result and quicker return to activities. They are best-suited for single, small cancers.
The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances of survival. 28 percent of breast cancers are detected in women between the ages of 40-50, so start your yearly mammogram screenings at age 40.
Women in Missouri now are to be informed of their breast tissue density after having a screening mammogram.