Campbell County Health is proud to improve women's breast health by
offering 3D mammography at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming.
Digital Mammography is provided in Radiology's women's services
area in Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Amenities include private waiting
area, relaxing decor, mood lighting, background music, heated spa robes
and fresh infused water.
3D vs 2D
CCH suggests using 3D mammography as a first exam and once your breast
density has been determined you and your
physician should discuss future options between standard 2D and 3D mammography.
Traditional 2D digital mammography takes two-dimensional pictures of the
breast. With 3D mammography, the breast is scanned into multiple layers
and the radiologists can examine the tissue one thin layer at a time.
Overlapping tissue could disguise or hide the fine details that could
be signs of early cancer, 3D mammography allows the tissue to be more
visible and less likely to be hidden with overlapping tissue.
Doctors agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer.
Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are
dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers.
Today, if breast cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes,
the five-year survival rate is almost 100%.
Mammography is safe. Radiation exposure to the breast is very low. The
radiation dose for a combined 2D/3D mammography exam is well below the
acceptable limits defined by the
FDA, and is only a fraction of the level of radiation everyone receives annually
from simply being outdoors. There is no evidence that this low level of
radiation has any significant affect on the breasts.
Early detection is the most critical issue in breast cancer diagnosis and
treatment. That's why regular mammograms are so important for all
women over 40. Mammography can find cancer when it's most treatable,
often one to three years before a woman can feel a lump with the recommended
monthly breast self-exam. Although it's 100 times more common in women,
men can also develop breast cancer.
A good place to start is the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.