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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.

Prevention and Screening are Keys to Breast Health

The staff of The Women’s Center at Door County Medical Center encourage women to take steps to prevent breast cancer, as well as being proactive in early detection. “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.Some factors in breast cancer, such as family history, can’t be changed. But there are lifestyle changes you can make at any age that may lower your risk.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink, limit yourself to one drink a day. Moderate, heavy and binge drinking are linked to a greater risk of breast cancer.
  • Quit smoking. Evidence shows a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, especially in younger women.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight increases the risk of breast cancer, especially if it occurs later in life.
  • Keep on moving. Many studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk.
  • Breast Feed. Breast-feeding may play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect may be.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Other than lifestyle changes, the most important action a woman can take is to follow the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for early detection, which improves the chances that cancer can be diagnosed and treated successfully at an early stage.

  • See your doctor. Women age 40 and older should talk to their doctor about how often to have a mammogram. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular health exam.
  • Consider BSE’s (Breast Self Exams). Report any breast changes to your health care provider right away.
  • Recognize your risk. Women of any age at high risk based on certain factors should get a mammogram every year. Talk with your doctor about what screening plan is right for you.