CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is proud of the experience their patients have during their 3D Mammograms and screening process. Deborah Grandmont and Michele Equale shared more about their latest technology and how it could save you or your loved ones' life.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
170 University Drive, Amherst
30 Locust Street, Northampton
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Free Screening Day!
Tuesday, October 22nd
5:30PM - 7:30PM
(888) 554 - 4234
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust St., Northampton
What is the best way to screen for breast cancer?
The cornerstone of early detection has been and continues to be mammography. Mammography is still the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when a cure is most likely, the prognosis is best, and the treatment options are greater.
What is 3D Mammography/breast tomosynthesis? Why is this technology important? Why did Cooley Dickinson choose to offer this technology?
Technology now offered at Cooley Dickinson in Amherst and Northampton was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital; Cooley Dickinson is now part of Mass General. Cooley is the first in the region to offer the most up-to-date screening technology that offers more detail, earlier cancer detection.
How does 3D mammography differ from 2D mammography?
3D mammography takes multiple, low dose images of the breast and synthesizes them into a 3-dementional data set. The radiologist then looks through that data set incrementally, being able to look behind breast structures or tissue, beside structures, to find cancers that radiologists were not able to see before on a standard mammogram.
How does 3D mammography reduce anxiety for women?
3D mammography adds value to the patient's care. It allows radiologists to potentially find cancers earlier, which will lead to a higher cure rate. But also to not have a woman come back for additional testing and procedures helps reduce anxiety, which is huge for the patient.
About Cooley Dickinson's Mammography Program:
Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Mammography program is certified as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Area residents have access to breast tomosynthesis/3D mammography at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and at the Amherst Outpatient Center.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women have a baseline screening mammogram beginning at age 40. They also recommend that in addition to annual screening for women ages 40 and older, women with certain risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening program with their doctor.
Breast cancer risk factors may include family or personal history of breast cancer; early menstrual onset/late onset of menopause; use of oral contraceptives; use of hormone replacement therapy and alcohol use (two or more drinks per day).
Cooley Dickinson's board certified radiologists interpret studies at both the Hospital and University Drive locations. Cooley Dickinson Hospital possesses a valid license and certificate of inspection from the Department of Public Health.