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Judie Goodman, MD
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
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THE FACTS ABOUT Advances in Early Breast Cancer Detection Offer Better Chance of Survival

Background

The American Cancer Society estimates that this year more than 190,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and about 40,000 will die from the disease.

 

There is good news. Advances in early detection—such as digital mammography and breast MRI—along with clinical trials and other new treatment options offer a better chance of survival than ever before. Breast cancer death rates are going down—probably as the result of earlier detection and new treatment options. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in this country.

 

Like conventional film mammography, digital mammography uses x-rays to produce images of breast tissue. However, with digital mammography, the x-ray image is converted into bits of information stored in a computer—rather than on film.

 

MRI relies on a magnetic field, radio waves, a computer and software in order to produce images of the body, which can either be viewed on the computer or printed out.

 

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Advantages
Digital mammography detects masses at smaller sizes and earlier than traditional film mammography, says Judie Goodman, DO, an oncologist at SJMO. Because the x-ray image is digital, radiologists can zoom in to enlarge the image of adjust the contrast to look for suspicious growths. Additionally, digital images can be stored and sent electronically—simplifying storage and making information easier to access.

 

Digital can be better at detecting masses in younger women, or any woman with dense breasts.

 

 

 

SJMO is one of the first in Michigan to achieve American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognition. SJMO offers all digital mammography at its locations in the Alice Gustafson Ambulatory Surgery Center on the hospital campus and its Lake Orion Imaging Services location.

 

MRI is not an alternative to mammography, but an ancillary tool that is used to better image abnormalities or cancers of the breast. MRI can also provide information on stages of cancer, whereas mammography and ultrasound cannot.

 

With MRI, physicians can:

  • Evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography
  • Screen for cancer in women who have implants
  • Assess multiple tumor locations
  • Assess the effect of chemotherapy
  • Better tailor treatment plans to each patient

 

Cautions
Early detection of breast cancer can mean survival. There is now a 95 percent five-year survival rate for breast cancer detected early.

 

SJMO provides a full continuum of breast care services. Service offerings range from screening and early detection to a multidisciplinary approach to treatment options. SJMO offers cutting-edge surgery by breast specialists, clinical trials for every stage of the disease and state-of-the-art radiotherapy.

 

Referral
Please contact the SJMO referral line at (800) 372-6094 for an SJMO physician near you.

 

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