ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and once again women are being reminded of the importance of annual mammogram screenings. But as new technology develops, many women are wondering what screening option is best for them.
Within the past few years, new mammogram technology has been developed to help earlier detect the signs of cancer. Tomosynthesis, more commonly known as a 3D mammogram, allows radiologists to detect several types of cancer sooner. Additionally, the 3D mammogram has proven more accurate, cutting down on the false alarms more often produced by older mammogram technology.
Dr. Kate Appleton, Associate Professor of Radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, discusses not only the specifics of this new live-saving technology, but she also provides advice to women concerning breast cancer screenings. Appleton explains that, statistically, a woman’s best way to reduce her risk of dying from breast cancer is by receiving annual screenings starting at age 40.
In the end, Appleton emphasizes the importance of early detection.
With the five-year survival rate for breast cancer at nearly 100 percent if found early, physicians encourage women to be proactive with their healthcare by remembering to schedule their annual appointment sooner rather than later.
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