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Mammograms May Also Spot Heart Disease

October 14, 2017

Mammography helps women by detecting early signs of breast cancer, but this helpful tool may also offer women an unexpected bonus – the ability to check heart health, according to results gleaned from new research. It appears that radiologists scouring your mammograms for evidence of breast cancer may also be able to spot calcification that has collected in the arteries supplying blood to the breasts, according to this emerging research. Calcium Deposits in Breast Arteries May Also Be in Heart Arteries Women who have an excessive buildup of calcium deposits in their breast arteries usually...Continue Reading

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6 Breast Cancer Symptoms Most Women Ignore

October 12, 2017

A shocking number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer – around 1 in 8. As the numbers steadily increase, more and more women are finding themselves part of something they never thought would happen to them. Unhealthy lifestyles, stress, poor diets, irregular sleep patterns, and late in life pregnancies can contribute to the rising number of breast cancer cases. Some of these factors may be things you or a loved one has experienced. Early detection is a key factor in the successful treatment of breast cancer. Prevention, detection, and early diagnosis are crucial for preventing...Continue Reading

3D Mammography Equipment

Picture More Perfect - 3D Mammography at Augusta Health

November 21, 2016

One slice is great; more slices can be better. Tomosynthesis, more commonly called 3D mammography, is a relatively new technology that helps physicians "see" breast cancers that were previously more difficult to detect. Patricia Buchanan, MD, a radiologist with Blue Ridge Radiology at Augusta Health, has been reading 3D mammograms for about two years. "Digital mammography, what you might call 2D mammograms, is very good. If the breast tissue is not very dense, the mammogram can be relatively easy to read," explained Dr. Buchanan. "If the patient has dense breast tissue, though, it can be...Continue Reading

Self-exams are important because early detection saves lives

Ask A Nurse... Do I Still Need to Do a Self-Exam if I Get a Mammogram?

October 14, 2016

Yes, you do, and this is why…The answer is Breast Self-Awareness. You need to know what is 'normal' for your breasts, and what that feels like. By that, I mean you should be familiar with the shape and size of your breasts, as well as the texture of your breasts. There are also some breast cancers that do not show up on mammograms, but can be felt.Continue Reading