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Mammography is the use of X-rays to image the internal structure of the breasts. This type of diagnostic is a standard procedure in the detection of breast cancer in older women and young women at high risk. The use of mammography allows physicians to find breast cancers when they are small and in their earliest stages, increasing the efficacy of early treatment. Mammograms may be taken using either film or digital imaging. Screen-film mammography places a cartridge with a piece of X-ray film on one side of the breast. X-rays are sent through the breast to expose the film, which is developed in a lab. Digital mammograms replace the film cartridge with a digital image receptor. Images are visible immediately and can be printed, saved, or transferred to another computer.
At Southwest Diagnostic, we offer digital mammography with computer-aided detection for fast and accurate imaging results. If you’d like to schedule an imaging appointment, please call (214) 345-6905. You can learn more about how mammography and digital imaging have improved the detection and survivability of breast cancer on our blog.
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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American women today. Numerous risk factors have been identified for breast cancer, including both unchangeable and changeable risks. Mammography to image the breasts serves as a widespread early detection technique to identify breast cancer in its beginning stages.
Breast cancer risk increases with increasing age. The majority of invasive breast cancers are detected in women over the age of 55, while only one in eight invasive cancers is found in women younger than 45.
Breast cancer is found in both men and women; however, it is much more likely to occur in women. A woman is 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer than a man. Women have a greater amount of breast tissue as well as higher levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, which have been linked with breast cancer growth and development.
Up to 10% of breast cancers are believed to develop due to hereditary genetic factors. Women who have many female relatives that have been diagnosed with breast cancer are considered at high risk and may undergo routine MRIs in addition to mammogram imaging.
Alcohol has been linked with an increased risk of cancer. The increase in breast cancer risk associated with alcohol is proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. While one drink per day is not associated with a greatly heightened cancer risk, consuming five drinks or more per day can raise the risk of cancer by one and a half times or more.
Women who are overweight or obese, especially in the years after menopause, are more likely to develop breast cancer. This is because fatty tissues produce estrogen after the ovaries have stopped, so excess fat is associated with higher levels of estrogen and increased cancer risk.
Are you concerned about your breast cancer risk? Southwest Diagnostic offers digital mammography, MRIs, and ultrasound to aid in breast cancer screening and treatment. Call us today at (214) 345-6905 or visit our website to learn more about medical imaging and cancer detection.