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Breast Check with Life - Saving Advanced Scanning Method

Submitted by on February 23, 2011 – 1:48 amNo Comment

Breast Cancer is one condition that has been prevalently identified to be the commonest diagnosis in Britain with daily over a hundred females being notified about having it. Still, in spite of breast cancer elevated occurrence rate, survival stats are yet lagging as compared to the ones noted in Italy, United States & France.

It is partially since more high tech medication therapies are obtainable in these nations. However, the nation’s screening is blameworthy as majority of the services are yet offering X-ray with photography films rather than digital photography for breast check routines.

The use of digital photography not just helps to screen breasts sooner & with greater efficacy, however it even has the capability of detecting cancer sooner & hence helpful in salvaging lives.

Despite the earlier Government’s pledge nearly 4 years back on digitizing all breast screening units by the conclusion of last year, still lesser than 1 from 3 screening units countrywide has completely changed to deploying digital photography. Such a postponement can potentially cost many lives.

British females in the age band of forty-seven to seventy-three are requested to go for breast check via screening in 3-yearly intervals. They would be visiting screening clinics wherein their X-rays known as mammograms of their breasts would be taken for checking any irregularities like lump formations.

Processing of such X-rays is still done on photographic films in many places. When breasts are screened deploying photographic films, the mammographers would require loading & unloading several of the photographic plate at such clinics. No sooner have X-rays been captured, nearly 2 days are needed for processing, checking & matching to past film & record, prior to their loading on to viewers, each one holding over a hundred images from various patients for the physician’s assessment. Oftentimes, some issues are noticed at this time like film captured quite soon hence blurriness present or angles taken while capturing image not satisfactory since the entire breast tissue is not visible in the X-ray. This then leads to these women being recalled for repeat mammograms that could be taking almost a fortnight.

However, in case of digital image there’s zero processing time involved & zilch requirement for loading X-rays onto viewers. Hence when any abnormalities are found, the time taken for females in receiving letters for re-attending additional tests have reduced to merely a week’s time from trio weeks.

Undeniably, this translates to cancers being spotted earlier; the images having greater clarity which are all pros of digital technology.

A key trial in the United States six years back which contrasted digital vs. film mammogram for breast cancer detected found that digital had equal efficacy as film and even was more effective in detecting cancers in particular females. Moreover, the trial  noted that for females who are in their pre-menopause & post-menopause phase, on hormone replacement therapy or having denser breast tissues, digital mammograms were more effectual in spotting irregularities & detecting cancer in younger females having a kin history of the condition.

Detection of such cancer types sooner holds immense importance for such females as it means lesser invasive surgical procedure & lesser risk of mastectomies, however it even translates to the fact that cancer is found prior to its metastasis and hence lesser chemotherapies & more favourable survival rates imminently.

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