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Early detection of any type of cancer is perhaps the most significant step in successfully treating the disease. Thanks to the consistent development of new breast imaging technology, the ability to detect breast cancer early has made significant strides in recent years.
A mammogram is widely considered the most effective method in detecting breast cancer early. It can help detect breast cancer before physical symptoms develop by locating tumors that are too small or too deep to be found by self-examination. 3D mammography helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue, an advantage for women with dense breasts.
Sometimes mammography is used alongside other tests to increase the likelihood of detecting breast cancer. Some other breast imaging tools that can provide crucial and reliable feedback include:
Some individuals might require services and technology that are more advanced. New breast cancer imaging technologies that are being made available in the fight against cancer include:
Doctors often use these imaging tools to catch cancer early, stage the disease and during follow-up visits to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread.
Early detection is the first step in the battle against cancer, but it is not the last. Make sure to keep a consistent dialogue with your doctor and make all of your follow-up visits to increase your chances of successful treatment.
Prevention is powerful medicine. At Edward-Elmhurst Health, we provide the latest screening and diagnostic tools to detect cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Learn more about our cancer screenings.
Learn more about breast health at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers no-referral mammograms that you can schedule online.
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Answers to your FAQs about mammograms
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