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New tools give medical experts a new look at breast cancer detection.

Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While all women are at risk, studies show Black women are more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to be diagnosed at later stages and have the lowest survival at each stage of diagnosis. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer that is linked to low survival rates.

Today, one of the best ways to detect breast cancer early is with regular mammograms starting at age 40. Innovations in technology continue to provide more tools for physicians to detect breast cancer as early as possible. And because North Memorial Health Breast Center in Robbinsdale strives to offer exceptional care, they now offer breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography.

Studies have shown that tomosynthesis could be especially effective for women with dense breast tissue. 3D mammography looks at layers through the breast, which removes visual issues with overlapping tissue and improves images for certain types of abnormalities. It could also be used to further examine an identified abnormality—such as a lump or discharge.

The North Memorial Health Breast Center balances a healing, spa-like setting—complete with soft music and warm, cozy robes—with insightful, board-certified experts and incisive technology. Experienced, welcoming staff work to help ease anxiety and make sure each customer has an exceptional experience. And, a mammography screening typically takes less than 20 minutes, the level of pain is minimal, and the screening cost is usually covered by insurance.

The North Memorial Health Breast Center in Robbinsdale and our other mammography locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission – the gold standards in radiology. Experienced technologists perform the mammograms and subspecialized radiologists interpret the images.

Check with your primary care provider to see if you’re due for a mammogram and if so, which test, or technology may be best for you. While you don’t need a referral for mammograms, you’ll want to make sure test results are sent back to your provider for your records.

Here’s to your health!

To schedule a mammogram, call 763-581-3554.

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