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Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month w/3D Mammography at Door County Medical Center

3D-Mammography-machineThree-dimensional (3D) mammography, also know as tomosynthesis, is a state-of-the-art service available at Door County Medical Center.

3D Mammography imaging is a type of digital mammography that, instead of taking a flat 2D image of breast tissue, creates a 3D image from a composite formed of image layers. One common way to describe the process is to compare the 3D image to the pages of a book, allowing doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer.

“I am incredibly excited that we have this technology,” says DCMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Director, Amanda Feldbruegge, “Because of the greater detail that 3D mammography provides, the early detection rate is far higher. So, we are going to be able to detect cancers much sooner, and at a much smaller size. As a result, doctors will be able to start treatment sooner—we can catch the disease at stage 1 rather than at stage 3 or 4.”

Fewer Cancers Missed

As many as 20 percent of breast cancers will be missed by 2D mammography. 3D mammography has been shown to detect on average 41% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography.


Less invasive treatments

Catching cancer early means less invasive treatments. The likelihood of a mastectomy is greatly reduced, the number of unnecessary biopsies is reduced and the radiation dose is the same as a 2D machine.

Reduced Callback Rate

3D mammography results in fewer false positives and fewer callbacks. In 2016, DCMC performed 3,200 mammograms. According to Ms. Feldbreugge, “With 2D mammography, our call back rate was around 10%. We expect our callback rate to decrease, probably down to something near 5%…” According to numerous studies, 3D mammography can reduce callbacks by as much as 40%.

Even though it has been estimated that a woman born in the United States today has a 1 in 8 chance of developing some form of breast cancer during their lifetime, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100% when breast cancer is detected early.

Contact Door County Medical Center to schedule your mammogram today.

Free Breast Cancer Screenings Available to Those in Need

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and  Door County Medical Center (DCMC) encourages women to schedule an appointment at the Women’s Center for a breast cancer screening and to talk to their doctor about mammograms. “Breast Cancer will affect one in eight women in their lifetimes,” says Ann Bretl, RN, Nursing Supervisor at the Women’s Center, “and early detection is key to providing the best chances for treatment.”

Pink Ribbon Charity for Womens Health Awareness Tee Shirt.

DCMC is committed to providing reproductive cancer screening for all women, regardless of income. Through the Marti Spittell Foundation, Ministry provides free cancer screenings for eligible women that include a health assessment, pelvic exam and pap test, and a breast exam.

“Here at DCMC, we pledge to provide health care that leaves no one behind,” says Bretl. “We’re happy to be able to partner with the Marti Spittell Foundation to provide this important, basic health service for women.”

For more information about free cancer screenings, or to schedule an appointment, call the Women’s Health Center at (920) 746-3666.