Computers are making it easier to detect breast cancer

By Jennifer Serda - email | bio

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The best way to fight breast cancer is through early detection and an annual mammogram can find the earliest signs of cancer. Now computers are making that job easier for doctors.

"It has made everyone's job easier; it has made finding things sooner in life at an earlier stage, so certainly, the earliest detection is the best prevention," said Donna Thornton, clinical manager for breast imaging at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

It's called digital mammography and allows radiologist to manipulate the image by zooming in and out; which means a more accurate reading, lower chance for a call back and quick diagnosis.

According to the National Cancer Institute digital mammography is significantly better than film mammography in screening women who were under age 50, or women of any age who had very dense breasts.

The Center for Disease Control says women should have their first mammogram by the age of 40; but that does not mean younger women do not need to be proactive when it come to their health. The American Cancer Society says women in their 20's should do self exams.

To learn how, visit the American Cancer Society website.

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