Thursday, August 21, 2014

Medical center offers Saturday mammograms in October

Radiologist Dr. James Craft reviews the breast images captured using 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Radiologist Dr. James Craft reviews the breast images captured using 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Augusta, Ga. – In recognition of October as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Health Center at Georgia Regents Medical Center is offering Saturday mammograms on October weekends.

Women may schedule a routine mammogram beginning Oct. 5 or any other Saturday in October between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling 706-721-XRAY (9729).

In 2011 Georgia Regents Medical Center became the first health system in Georgia – and one of only a few in the nation – to screen patients for breast cancer using tomosynthesis, a 3D digital mammogram that improves cancer detection and reduces false-positive results. The Georgia Regents Breast Health Center, which performs more than 5,000 mammograms per year, is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram paired with a clinical breast exam for women 40 and older.

The Breast Health Center is located on the first floor of the Medical Center at 1120 15th St. For more information, visit www.grhealth.org/breasthealth

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