New Mammogram Improves Diagnosis

breast cancer support Around the world, more than 10 percent of all cancers for women are breast cancer. Breast cancer is the fifth more common cancer for women to get. The FDA has recently approved a new type of mammogram technique that may help women by improving the number of diagnoses made.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the new x-ray mammography device that will provide better results for doctors looking for breast cancer. The new device provides a three-dimensional images of the breast that offers doctors a better look into the tissue to find possible cancer traces.

“Physicians can now access this unique and innovative 3-D technology that could significantly enhance existing diagnosis and treatment approaches,” Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health commented.

The new mammogram device combines the 2-D and 3-D images into a more complete look into the breast. X-rays use radiation to get a look into the tissue of a patient. With this new device, patients will be receiving a higher dose of radiation to get the better look. However, the increase in cancer risk from the double exposure to radiation is expected to be less than 1.5 percent.

As 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, this small risk is considered worth it to help make better diagnoses sooner and save more women. When detected early, breast cancer has a 98 percent survival rate. Detecting it soon is an important part of treatment and care. – Summer, staff writer

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