Early Detection is Key to Fighting Breast Cancer
Digital mammography delivers a faster, more advanced image quality, which will enable your physician to provide a more timely diagnosis. Make your commitment to early detection today by asking your physician for orders to schedule your mammogram and encouraging your friends to do the same. Make an appointment today to plan for a healthier tomorrow! Call 830-769-5345 to schedule your annual mammogram.
Breast cancer will affect an average of one in eight women sometime in their lifetime. It is the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in women. Numerous studies prove that early detection is a vital component in the successful treatment of breast cancer.
Mammograms play a central part in the early detection of breast cancer because they can detect changes in the breast that may be early signs of cancer, but are too small or subtle to be felt. The use of mammography has greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancers at earlier stages.
|What to Know About Digital Mammography|
Getting regular checkups and performing breast self-exams are two important ways to keep your breasts healthy.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (other than skin cancer). The American Cancer Society reports the breast cancer death rate is declining, probably because of earlier detection and improved treatment. This short assessment will help you determine if you have major risk factors for breast cancer.
The Benefits of Digital Mammography
Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.
With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.
Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under exposure. This potentially saves additional time and reduces your exposure to x-rays. Because they are electronic, digital mammography images can be transmitted quickly across a network. Digital images can also be easily stored, copied without any loss of information, and transmitted and received in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films.
For additional information, please contact our office at 830-769-5345.
If you would like additional information about breast cancer and breast cancer resources visit:
American Cancer Society go to www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345
National Cancer Institute go to www.cancer.gov.
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