Mammography has become an incredibly important part of women’s preventive medical care. It’s so important because breast cancer makes up a full 26-percent of cancers in women. That means that one out of every eight women, or approximately 275,000 women in year in the United States, are diagnosed. This is more than the next two most common types of cancer that afflict women combined, lung cancer and colon cancer.
There are many factors that affect the likelihood of a women getting breast cancer. These include:
Age - Women over 55 are more likely to get breast cancer.
Family History - If a sister, mother, or daughter has breast cancer, a woman is twice as likely to get it.
Race - White women are more likely to get breast cancer, though it seems to grow faster in some other races.
Density of Breast Tissue - Dense breast tissue is more likely to lead to cancer.
When Menstruation Started and / or Ended - Women who started before age 12 or reached menopause after age 55 are more susceptible.
Pregnancy - A woman having no pregnancies, or one having her first child after the age of 30, is more likely to have breast cancer. Breastfeeding reduces the risk.
Weight and Exercise - Weighing too much and/or not exercising increase the risk of many cancers, including breast cancers.
It is recommended by most doctors that women over age 40 begin getting mammograms. The more of the above factors that a women can check off, the more likely that a doctor will recommend that she start getting mammograms sooner and more frequently.
2D Digital Mammography
Digital mammography is able to take internal images of breasts in order to detect tumors that cannot yet be manually discovered. It can be used preventatively or as a means of diagnosing the extent of the cancer.
Since the invention of digital mammography, images are getting more clear even though less radiation is used than in traditional film machines. In fact, mammography uses one of the lowest amounts of radiation of any medical imaging. Of course, results are also faster than with film mammography.
3D Digital Mammography
As you might imagine, 3D mammography takes more pictures of the breast tissue than 2D imaging. In this way you’re not only getting one layer of the breast but can take have every layer scanned at the same time. This allows doctors and technicians to get a better idea of the size of the malignancy and view it from multiple angles. The newest 3D mammography machines actually use less radiation than old 3D and 2D machines. They also have to be used less because the proper image is gained the first time instead of having the patient come back multiple times.
Fair Lawn uses the absolute best in 3D breast imaging technology called tomosynthesis. This high-resolution medical imaging reveals smaller cancers and is better at pinpointing the size, location, and shape of the lump. Doing so can give doctors a better idea of how to move forward.
Fair Lawn Imaging is at the forefront of digital imaging, so when your doctor suggests you need medical imaging all you have to do is give us call. Contact us today!