Breast Cancer Awareness – BERGMAN, ROSS AND PARTNERS RADIOLOGISTS
One in eight women will possibly develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Of these women, some will be unfortunate enough to have a recurrence of cancer.
All forms of breast cancer treatment is an emotional roller coaster ride which can be so easily avoided by creating an early detection plan
Be Vigilant – act on pain or lumps in the breast. Early detection with routine mammograms will improve the survival rate of 5 years by 100%. Trials have shown that there has been a 33% decrease in death from breast cancer in women of 40 plus who go for regular screening mammograms or annual check-ups.
Remember, Routine mammograms are a MUST. Cells change throughout one’s life, therefore, relying on one’s mammogram as ‘clear’ is short-sighted and this could be detrimental to your health. 2D mammograms are the regular standard procedures. Simply put it means that the breast image is obtained from top to bottom or from side to side.
However, there have been advances in breast imaging and early detection of breast cancer has been improved by 40% by Tomosynthesis or 3D Digital Breast Imaging (DGB) This is fast becoming the gold standard for imaging breast tissue. For women with dense tissue breast, this form of imaging has undoubtedly improved the peace of mind for both radiologist and patient.
Tomosynthesis or 3D technology is performed on the standard mammogram machine allowing for a layered or sliced breast tissue acquisition of images. The Radiologist is then able to view these layers one by one. Not only does this improve the overall result, it also allows for overlaying tissue folds to be fully visualised.
Advantages of Tomosynthesis include:
- The technology is more sensitive with detection of breast cancer
- Fewer recalls for patients, especially regarding further biopsies.
- Potential less compressing or ‘squashing’ of the breast thereby reducing the discomfort associated with having a mammogram.
The breast is placed between the x-ray detector and plastic paddle, purely to prevent movement. This is an advantage as often women are less inclined to repeat their mammograms due to a painful prior experience.
Despite what some people think, Mammograms are perfectly safe. We are exposed to daily background radiation in our environments all the time. A mammogram is equal to approximately two months of this same background radiation.
Mammography remains the main examination. At BRP Breast ultrasound is routinely done with your mammogram. Tomosynthesis may be done if required thereby minimising risk and assisting in the preventative process in women.
Be vigilant, Do not become a statistic. Your life is in your hands so schedule your appointment for your mammogram today
*Editorial information supplied by Berman, Ross & Partners Radiologists
Bergman, Ross & Partners (BR&P)
Tel: +27 21 110 5777
Address: Suite 306, 3rd Floor, The Point, Sea Point