3D mammograms are a powerful tool for early breast cancer detection

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The early detection of breast cancer dramatically increases survival rates, and 3D mammograms are one of the best tools available to find breast cancer in its early stages.

Unfortunately, many women put off having a mammogram, or are simply unsure about when to have one or which type of exam is best.

Read on to learn when women should start getting mammograms, how often to have them, and the benefits of 3D mammograms over conventional 2D mammograms.

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The importance of mammograms

One of the biggest benefits of getting your screening mammogram is early detection. Screening mammograms can detect breast cancer in its early stages, allowing your provider to start treatment before the disease spreads. Studies show that screening mammograms help to reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women between the ages of 40 to 75, and especially for the women over the age of 50. 

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3D mammography is the new standard at Logansport Memorial Hospital

Logansport Memorial Hospital (LMH) is proud to be offering the latest advancements in breast imaging technology, with the new Genius 3D Mammography exam developed by Hologic, Inc. This new technology is now the standard test for all women who make appointments for their annual screening mammograms at LMH. 3D mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis) is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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Why breast self-exams are important (and how to do them)

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When it comes to early detection, regularly examining how your breasts look and feel for abnormalities is crucial. In fact, women often discover many problems themselves first. And, the earlier you find breast cancer, the better!

In addition to going for mammograms and annual check-ups, experts recommend that all adult women—beginning at age 18—perform monthly breast self-exams to check for lumps and other changes that might indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Continue the practice of giving yourself a breast self-exam throughout your life, even during pregnancy and after you go through menopause. Performing breast self-exams on a set, regular schedule will help you notice when things don’t look or feel quite right.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of breast self-exams and what to look out for.

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Types of breast cancer surgery

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Everyone experiences feelings of shock and disbelief after getting a breast cancer diagnosis. Lots of different things will race through your mind.

Every person’s treatment protocol is customized based on what will best help them battle their breast cancer.

For some patients, breast cancer surgery may be a crucial part of their treatment plan, in combination with interventions like chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy.

4 things you need to know about mammograms

Keep reading to learn more about the most common surgical procedures involved in breast cancer treatment.

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