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Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) now offers digital mammography, the latest technology available in the fight against breast cancer.
The new system includes integrated computer aided detection (CAD), which provides a “second look” for the radiologists to focus attention to potential areas of concern, improving the accuracy of cancer detection, according to a press release from the hospital.
“Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and more importantly viewed,” said Martha A. Cole, director of marketing director of marketing. “The use of mammography, and in particular digital mammography, has greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it’s most treatable.”
Digital mammography detected significantly more cancers than screen-film mammography in women 50 and younger, premenopausal and perimenopausal women, and women with dense breasts, according to results from the American College of Radiology Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST). All mammograms at Twin County Regional Hospital are now performed with digital mammography system.
Cole said breast cancer statistics are staggering:
• One of eight women living in the U.S. will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and the leading cause of death in 35 to 65 year old women.
“The good news is that if breast cancer is found early, before the cancer has spread, the five year survival rate is 98 percent,” Cole said. Over 2.5 million American women with a history of breast cancer are alive today thanks largely to the many new techniques for finding and treating the disease. “Twin County Regional Hospital is very excited to be able to offer this newest technology for breast cancer detection,” said TCRH mammography technologist Kim Kimble.
For most women 40 and over, an annual mammogram is the best way of finding breast cancer early. Mammograms play a central part in the early detection of breast cancer because they can detect changes in the breast that may be early signs of cancer, but are too small or subtle to be felt.
“By offering the latest technology in mammography, TCRH, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, is committed to the fight against breast cancer and hopes to increase the number of women who follow the recommendations for regular screenings,” the press release said.
For more information about this life-saving technology or to schedule a mammogram appointment, call TCRH Diagnostic Imaging at 236-1680.
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED
Community members are invited to join Twin County Regional Hospital for an open house to view the new digital mammography technology and renovated mammography suite on Oct. 4, any time between 5 and 7 p.m., in the Diagnostic Imaging Department on the first floor. Light refreshments will be available. For more information on the open house, call 236-1654.