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Every three minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer symptoms vary widely-there may be a noticeable lump or swelling in the breast or no symptoms at all. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends mammography as the most reliable way to find breast cancer as early as possible, when it is most curable.
Digital mammography and traditional film mammography both produce compressed x-ray images of the breasts. The difference is that traditional mammogram images are produced on x-ray film, while digital mammogram images are stored on a computer.
The biggest benefit of digital mammography is outstanding image quality. Digital images are clearer and easier to read than film images and can be examined very carefully. In 2005, the New England Journal of Medicine published results from a large study indicating that digital mammography found 28 percent more cancers in women under 50 than film mammography.
Mammography is the best method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. However, a monthly breast self-exam will improve your chances of detecting cancer early.
We invite you to schedule a state-of-the-art digital mammography today. For an appointment, call 401-793-4477.
Locations:The Miriam Hospital 164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906The Miriam Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Center
195 Collyer Street, Suite 101
Providence, RI 02904