If you’ve watched a professional football game over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed players sporting pink socks, wristbands, and other items of pink clothing.
Throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NFL players, coaches, and referees are wearing pink game apparel to remind women and their loved ones about the importance of regular breast cancer screening via mammography. Early detection of breast cancer improves a woman’s treatment outcomes.
Screening mammography is indicated for a woman who has no symptoms, such as a mass in the breast or nipple discharge. The American College of Radiology recommends that asymptomatic women begin screening mammography beginning at age 40, with yearly examinations recommended thereafter.
Digital 3-D mammography, a new advanced imaging technology for detecting breast cancer, offers a clearer, more complete three-dimensional view of a woman’s breast tissue compared with traditional mammography, which creates two-dimensional images. This technology enables radiologists to see tumors when they are very small and differentiate them from abnormalities that look like tumors, but are often overlapping breast tissue. When radiologists are able to identify malignant tumors at an early stage, it usually means that the cancer has been found before it has spread to other parts of the body. Read More »