Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital has added a new tool in the fight against breast cancer. Computer-aided detection (CAD) uses a computer to analyze mammograms. The computer can alert the physician to take a closer look at subtle warning signs that might easily be missed.
The use of CAD can help radiologists detect up to 68% of actionable missed cancers an average of 15 months earlier than screening mammography alone. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and often allows for less costly and less invasive cancer treatment options than when detected at a later stage.
About Breast Cancer*:
- An estimated 178,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2007.
- This year, an estimated 40,460 women will die from breast cancer.
- Cancerous tumors in the breast usually grow very slowly so that by the time one is large enough to be felt as a lump, it may have been growing for as long as ten years.
- About 85% of breast cancers originate in the mammary ducts.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American and Hispanic/Latina women.
- Studies also show that even though Hispanic/Latina women have lower breast cancer rates, they are 20% more likely to die from the disease.
Important information about mammograms*:
- Experts recommend all women age 40 and over get a mammogram every year and perhaps earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.
- Getting tested regularly for breast cancer is the best way for women to lower their risk of dying from the disease. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
- If you have insurance, most plans cover it. Medicare also pays for mammograms.
For more information and resources, please visit www.komen.org
* Information provided by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.