Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 49

Continued from page 34 FACT: Sadly, radiologists across the country are seeing more cases of breast cancer at younger ages. In 2015, of all women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, one in five (20 percent) were in their 40s. Coupled with the fact that cancer in younger tissue tends to grow at a faster rate, this makes early detection all the more important. In spite of confusion around new guidelines, standard 2D screenings are still completely covered by nearly all insurance plans, and 3D mammograms are 100 percent covered by Medicare and select major providers.

 Myth 10: It doesn’t matter where I go as long as I get an annual screening.
 FACT: All screening providers are not created equal. Women should ask if the radiologists reading their mammograms are breast-imaging specialists, medical doctors who spend more than 90 percent of their time performing mammograms. Of the approximately 27,000 radiologists in the U.S., less than 5 percent (1,350) meet this criteria, and according to clinical research, this makes a big difference in accurate diagnoses. The knowledge and experience to properly position a woman in the screening device and knowing the exact amount of compression needed means exceptionally accurate results and a more overall comfortable experience. OCTOBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY “We did a lot of research two years ago and basically we found out that women have a lot of fear and anxiety about the process. There are a lot of women who say they would rather not know. It’s the anxiety and fear associated with breast cancer.” Oliver said that groups like the Susan G. Komen foundation have done a great job getting the word out about early detection and the need for mammograms. But she said, “There’s a lot of discomfort about the process. The technicians are in your private space. They (research subjects) thought it was more invasive than getting a pap smear. The technologist Continued on page 78 47