Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Fortunately, there is new technology called digital mammography which allows physicians to focus in on areas of concern.
Digital mammography uses traditional X-ray generators and tubes to produce an X-ray beam. This X-ray beam is converted into digital information which can be stored electronically, transmitted, displayed, analyzed and manipulated in a number of ways.
Digital imaging, left, versus traditional imaging, right.
Facts about mammograms
- Do your monthly breast exams
- Get your annual check-up
- Get your mammogram annually after age 40
(Courtesy of the American Cancer Society)
- Mammograms are the best weapon we have against breast cancer.
- A woman's chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.
- A new breast cancer is diagnosed every 2.5 minutes.
- One American woman dies from breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- Nearly 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year.
- About 2,000 male breast cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and about 400 men will die from the disease.
- Mammograms can find breast cancer early, when it is too small to be felt or seen.
- The older you are, the more important it is for you to take care of your breasts. This means getting regular mammograms, clinical breast exams from your doctor or other qualified health professional, and examining your breasts regularly yourself.
- Early detection of breast cancer saves lives.
Digital Mammography Services offered at Regional Health locations:
Custer Regional Hospital
Queen City Regional Medical Clinic
Rapid City Regional Hospital
Spearfish Regional Hospital
Sturgis Regional Hospital
Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital
(Analog mammography services)