Catching breast cancer early leads to the most success in treatment. In fact, through regular mammography and increased awareness of symptoms, the mortality rate of breast cancer in the U.S. has dropped in recent years. The most common physical symptom is a lump or mass in the breast. Other signs are changes to the breast, which can include:
- Skin irritation
- Nipple abnormalities or discharge
However, in the early stages, breast cancer usually has no noticeable signs, and the only way it can be detected is through mammography. That’s why committing to a mammogram every year is so important.
St. Luke’s now offers digital 3D mammography, the latest in breast cancer screening technology, in several locations. This option, recommended by St. Luke’s Breast Center Specialists, gives a more comprehensive view than traditional 2D mammograms and makes early detection and treatment even simpler.
Where a 2D mammogram takes only two pictures of each breast, a 3D mammogram takes 15. This provides a three-dimensional image, making any abnormalities easier to identify. Due to the increased amount of pictures, 3D mammography also reduces the number of callbacks for additional pictures and is proven to detect more-invasive breast cancers sooner.
Other benefits of 3D mammography include:
- No additional compression required
- The X-ray dose is similar to a 2D mammogram
- Many insurance companies pay for a 3D mammogram (check with your insurance company)
For all women 40 and above, St. Luke’s believes that an annual mammogram is an important part of overall preventive health care. We’d be glad to help you invest in your health and schedule your screening today. No referral necessary.
To schedule your appointment today call 218.249.5593 or find a location nearest you.