5-year survival rates are nearly 90% when breast cancers are detected early, if cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, 5-year survival drops to 80%. 12
Finding cancers that would have been missed by 2D mammography gives patients and their doctors a head start on treatments.
Early detection opens up a wider range of treatment options, such as breast-conserving surgery, which may be less traumatic to the patient.
“After performing 5,700 mammograms with 3D we saw a 33% increase in sensitivity. I have made many more diagnoses than I would with conventional mammography. We are finding smaller lesions in women with dense breasts and implants as well as malignant pathology in younger women that we would not have seen before. These are the lesions we need to find, the ones that can hide, grow and threaten a woman’s life.”
Dr. Martínez Miravete, Diagnostic Radiology Center, Zaragoza, Spain
Clinical studies have shown that the use of breast tomosynthesis can reduce recalls by 30% to 40%.2,6
Widespread use of this technology could spare many of women the anxiety and burden associated with the need to undergo additional tests to rule out breast cancer.
Fewer recalls can translate into a reduced burden on doctors and other health care professionals to track and monitor compliance to ensure that all patients referred for recall exams actually follow through.
More time and resources can be focused on ensuring that no patients are lost to follow-up and breast cancer diagnoses are not delayed.
Biopsies are necessary to establish a definitive diagnosis of breast cancer; however, even minimally invasive procedures can be traumatic to the patient.
A decrease in the number of biopsies performed, particularly those that result in negative findings, could lead to less anxiety and trauma to patients.13
Undergoing a breast biopsy and waiting for the results can be a very stressful experience for a woman.