October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death among women. One-in-eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes.
But a breast cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Survival rates have climbed steadily since the late 1980s, with the largest gains being in women under the age of 50. Improved treatment methods, better screening techniques and earlier detection are behind these improved outcomes.
Digital mammography has certainly played a part in this trend. In fact, the Department of Heath and Human Services states that digital mammograms offer many benefits to women, especially those under the age of 50, including:
- Long-distance consultations with other doctors may be easier because the images can be shared by computer.
- Slight differences between normal and abnormal tissues may be more easily noted.
- The number of follow-up tests needed may be fewer.
- Fewer repeat images may be needed, reducing exposure to radiation.
And the National Institute of Health has found that comparison of medical images improves overall performance of reading and diagnosing cancer.
Purview helps women take full advantage of their digital mammograms. Having one online storage location makes image comparison simple and affective. Your doctor has all the images he/she needs to make a correct, and potentially lifesaving, diagnosis.
To encourage digital screenings, Purview is offering a year of Premium Access for free to anyone who uploads a current screening mammogram in the month of October. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free account. Or please visit purview.net/breastcancer/.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With screening and early detection the chances of survival are greatly increased.
The National Institute of Health reminds us that comparison of medical images greatly increases the chances of identifying breast cancer early.
With Purview both women and men have the ability to manage all of their breast imaging holistically. This allows their radiologist to have access to frequent screening imaging studies, ultimately allowing a radiologist to identify subtle diagnostic chances in the breast tissue, which can have a positive impact on identifying breast cancer early.