National Breast Cancer Awareness Month recognized by Palmetto Health

Palmetto Health includes more than 14,000 team members, doctors and volunteers.   File photo

Palmetto Health recognized October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month last week, taking the opportunity to remind women that breast cancer screenings and early detection save lives.

Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths in women in the U.S. New technologies, such as tomosynthesis, a 3-D technology, allows radiologists to find 41 percent more breast cancers. The process produces images of the breast in 1 mm "slices," which then creates a 3-D image. Tomosynthesis produces a better mammogram image for women who have dense breast tissue.

“Early detection of breast cancer is vital," Pitts Radiology radiologist Dr. Douglas Bull said. "That’s where technology makes a difference. 3-D mammography gives us the ability to see masses, particularly in dense breast tissue, that we might have difficulty detecting with traditional mammography.”

Mammograms and the 3-D mammogram technology are available throughout the Palmetto Health system and in the mobile mammography unit.

Palmetto Health includes more than 14,000 team members, doctors and volunteers. It is one of South Carolina's largest employers and the largest health care system in the Midlands region. The Palmetto Health system includes six Midland hospitals and the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. It also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital.

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