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Breast Imaging Director, Bronson Healthcare
   Breast cancer is common. It accounts for nearly one out
of every three cancers diagnosed in women. Fortunately, treatment success
rate is high when breast cancer is detected early. Mammograms are the most effective tool to help with the early detection and diagnosis of breast disease. Women who get screened regularly and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have a much greater chance of survival. One recent study found that women diagnosed with breast cancer who had regular mammograms had a 60% lower risk of dying from the disease in the 10 years
after diagnosis compared to women who didn’t have regular screening. According to, 70 percent of cancer is found through mammography and 62 percent of cancer found through mammography is stage I. Early detection is key.
The Importance of Having a Mammogram
   As leading experts
and innovators in breast cancer detection, Bronson radiologists have been provid- ing breast imaging services to southwest Michigan for more than 30 years.
Bronson was the first imaging center in southwest Michigan to offer 3D mammography, available at our testing locations in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, and South Haven.
For additional information on mammograms, as well as loca- tions, visit mammogram.
3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, is the next level of testing to look at breast tissue. This allows the breast tissue to be viewed in thinner sections. It can show things that may be hidden with a standard mammogram, and decrease the chance of a false positive screening exam due to overlapping tissue.
Dense tissue is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer and decreased sensitivity of mammography. In addition to a mammogram, women with dense tissue can increase early stage breast cancer detection with whole breast ultrasound screening. Being female and growing older are the two largest risk factors for developing breast cancer. Family history plays
a role in less than 25% of cases. All women should be assessed for breast cancer risk by age 30. Average-risk women should begin yearly screening mammograms at age 40. Screening with both mammograms and MRI, starting at age 30, is recommended for high-risk women. All women should practice breast self-awareness. A clinical breast exam by your primary care provider or gynecologist is recommended every three years for women age 20-39, yearly for women age 40 and older, and twice a year for high-risk women. Regular screening should continue as long as a woman has a life expectancy of 5-10 years.

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