STATES CHRONICLE – A useful technique that is bound to help breast cancer women has been recently brought to their use. A 3D mammogram brings a lot of hope for those women who are concerned with their health. In 2011, US Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of 3D mammography. This device gives radiologists a chance to visualize breast tissue through the use of X-rays.
Dr. Monica Yepes, associate professor of radiology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at U-Health and chief of breast imaging, assures us that the 3D mammogram captures various fragments of the breast from multiple angles. The images obtained by the device are very thin-segmented portions of the breast, permitting the analysis of small slices in a better and more productive way, than on 2D images. Monica Yepes claims that women who suffered genetic mutations may need to start having 3D mammogram earlier than the age of 40. They could probably need MRI and ultrasounds test which may help them in the future.
Dr. Kate Lampen-Sachar, breast radiologist at the Miami Cancer Institute, and also part of Baptist Health South Florida, asserts that all women can profit from 3D mammograms. Those women who have dense breasts are more likely to use it because it reveals even the smallest lesions that could be hidden.
American Cancer Society (ACS) advises women from the whole world to start this scanning process as early as possible and frequently repeating it if they have a family history that presents exposure to breast cancer. Those women who present an average risk of developing breast cancer should start taking 3D mammograms every year starting at the age of 45.
According to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging, one out of 6 women who develop breast cancer is between the age of 40 and 49. The possibility to develop this form of cancer is more common for women with ages between 40 and 44 than for those with ages between 35 and 39. At 40-44 yeas of age, the chances are of 122.5 per 100,000 women and at the ages 35 to 39, chances are smaller – 59.5 per 100,000 women. For women with ages between 45 and 49, the rate increases to 188.6 per 100,000 women. According to the National Cancer Institute, the median age when a woman gets diagnosed is 62.
This study should encourage every woman to take better care of her health. You need to find time for doing the necessary investigations to find out the state of your health.
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