NORFOLK, Va. (February 2014) – The Sentara Cancer Network, Virginia’s only network accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, supports continued use of screening mammography for women over 40.
“Early detection of breast cancer through mammograms can result in less invasive procedures and is the best way to ensure long-term survival for breast cancer patients,” said Nina L. Fabiszewski, M.D., fellowship-trained mammographer.
"The validity of the study cited in recent news reports has been called into question on many fronts over the years. The worst thing to happen would be for women to question whether to get their mammograms at the appropriate time,” Dr. Fabiszewski continues.
The American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology endorse annual mammograms for women over 40, and earlier for women with family histories or genetic factors that cause concern and the Sentara Cancer Network supports that position.
“Mammogram technology has improved,” said Dr. Fabiszewski. “The science of radiology has advanced. These specialties are helping to find breast cancers earlier and save men’s and women’s lives.”
The Sentara Cancer Network is deploying the latest advance in mammography across its hospitals in Virginia.
Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D Mammography, improves cancer detection and reduces unnecessary callbacks for biopsies by more clearly identifying abnormalities, even in dense breast tissue.
“3-D Mammography is a breakthrough technology,” said Dr. Fabiszewski. “Its performance adds to the body of evidence showing the effectiveness of mammography.”
The overriding position of the Sentara Cancer Network is that early detection improves patients’ chances for long-term survival and a greater quality of life.
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