Breast cancer deaths have declined by almost 20 percent over the past decade. Better screening has made a huge difference.
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Today’s mammograms allow doctors to “see” an abnormal breast mass up to two years before they can feel it. It’s the gold standard for detecting breast cancer — but even a gold standard can get better.
Breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, was approved by the FDA in 2011. It allows doctors to find cancer even earlier and with more accuracy than traditional 2-D mammograms. Early study results of 25,000 women saw a 47 percent increase in cancer detection when tomosynthesis was used.
A version of 3-D mammography is currently in clinical trials at Cleveland Clinic, but not available yet to all patients. Experts expect 3-D to replace 2-D in the not-too-distant future.
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