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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, and many of members of our tri-state community know first-hand the overwhelming challenges and rewards of fighting breast cancer. Many people have watched sisters, aunts, mothers, daughters and friends battle this illness. While much is known about breast cancer already, its prevalence is what makes it one of the most feared cancers.

Should you or a loved one ever find yourself in the fight against breast cancer, the team at the Wendt Center wants to take as much fear out of the situation as possible. We're here to help keep you amazing, which is why we offer expert care, rapid diagnosis and treatment and access to the latest in breast cancer technology and research.

Early Detection

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Know your risk. Finley Hospital has the newest and most advanced 3D mammography technology (digital breast tomosynthesis) to help diagnose cancer. 3D mammography takes multiple low dose images of the breast at different angles. The result is a series of several one-millimeter slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

A recent study published in Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated 3D mammography finds a 41 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers as compared to conventional 2D mammography alone. The use of 3D mammography has also seen up to a 15 percent reduction in recall rates and is 40 percent more accurate. The more information available for the radiologist, the better chance of finding those smaller, more difficult cancers sooner, so treatment and healing can begin.

Early detection is one of the greatest weapons for beating breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and consult with their doctor earlier if they have family history of breast cancer.