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One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The pink ribbon associated with breast cancer is prominently displayed in October as a powerful symbol of hope, support and community for many, and an awareness and education campaign for others. Starting at age 40, women should start to ask their doctor about the need for screening mammograms or ultrasounds. High-risk women may need earlier screenings, says IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians surgeon Alison Heidt, MD.
Risk factors for breast cancer include:
The machine, available at IU Health Morgan, works much like traditional mammography. During the 3D portion of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. This is especially good for women with dense breast tissue because the dense tissue is difficult to see through on standard 2D imaging. The 3D imaging allows the radiologist to scroll through that tissue in very thin layers, like looking at each page of a book instead of just the front cover.
Studies have demonstrated as much as a 41 percent increase in overall breast cancer detection and it also can reduce call backs by as much as 30 percent. The radiation dose, as well, is minimal and well below the acceptable limits defined by the FDA.
Insight provided by John MacBeth and Jodi Bullock, IU Health Morgan Radiology.