Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 36

a high volume of both screening and diagnostic mammograms, and by facilities who employ “batch reading” to interpret screening mammograms without interruption. 

 Myth 4: Breast cancer is a death sentence.
 FACT: There is no question breast cancer is a serious disease, but as with most diseases, the earlier it is detected and treatment begins, the better the outcome. With advances in medical research and treatment, the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with stage 0 or 1 breast cancer – the earliest stages – is 100 percent. 

 Myth 5: You don’t need to worry if you don’t have breast cancer in your family.
 FACT: Radiologists are reporting more breast cancer findings in women with no family history of breast cancer. In 2015, the numbers show that 85 percent of the reported cases of breast cancer were found in women with no history of it in their family.

 Myth 6: Doing self-exams is equally as good as getting a mammogram.
 FACT: According to the American Cancer Society, mammography is the “single, most effective method of early detection.” Mammograms detect cancer long before any physical symptoms, such as lumps, become apparent to a woman performing a self-exam or even to a trained physician conducting a manual exam. In women who have annual mammograms, the average anomaly found is the size of a pea. In women who do not get annual screenings, the average size of a lump found through self-exam is the size of a walnut.

 Myth 7: There’s no difference between 2D and 3D mammograms.
 FACT: While they take virtually the same amount of time, and require the same amount of pressure, there is a big difference between the two technologies. 3D mammogram screening – also known as tomosynthesis – gives radiologists more and clearer images of breast tissue, increasing the specificity of early detection while decreasing the need for unnecessary callbacks. Using the analogy of a book instead of a breast, 3D allows the radiologist to look at individual pages within the book rather than just trying to read its contents by peeking through the front or back cover.

 Myth 8: Mammograms are too expensive.
 FACT: Nearly all private insurance carriers cover the cost of a 2D screening mammogram with zero copay – regardless of deductible. Medicare, Cigna and some regional insurers also cover the cost of 3D within their mammography plan. And for those who don’t have insurance or aren’t eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, Solis Mammography offers a $99 coupon for mammography screening and partners with local nonprofits who support women who cannot cover the cost of their breast cancer treatment.

 Myth 9: I’m too young to get breast cancer.
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