Reading this post about 3D Mammograms, Tomosynthesis, and Dense Breasts may save your life.
This new mammogram technology was only approved by the FDA in February, 2011. http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/tomosynthesis/fda-approves-first-3-d-mammography-imaging-system
In one day, I heard from two women who had Tomosynthesis. It probably saved their lives, and certainly gave them a much better chance of survival. In their cases, they had to pay $50 and $40 more respectively in addition to insurance. At my local hospital,Mercy St. Charles, Oregon, Ohio, they do not charge any additional, so check with your hospital. So many women I hear from had lumps that were never discovered on a regular Mammogram. By the time they were diagnosed, they were Stage 3 or Stage 4. And over 40% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer find their own lumps. The cold, hard reality is that many , many women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer had nice little letters from their mammography center saying they were okay.
This story from Jane:
My breast cancer was found when I went for a routine mammogram and the woman at the front desk talked me into having a new test called Tomosynthesis. Sometimes insurance doesn’t cover the additional costs, but my radiology center was offering it for $50. The woman behind the desk reminded me that I would pay more for a pair of shoes, so I agreed to have it done. Well guess what – nothing showed on the Mammogram, but there it was on the Tomosynthesis. That woman may have saved my life as my breast cancer was then caught early (Stage 1).
This story from Michelle from Iowa:
Since it is new technology, it can be difficult to find Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography, however, more and more breast cancer centers are getting these new machines. I would encourage you to find out where you can get this 3D Mammogram, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU HAVE DENSE BREASTS OR DENSE BREAST TISSUE.
On April 1, 2013, California became the fifth state passing a law, which was bipartisan, that required patients to be told if they had Dense Breasts following Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and New York. Katie, one of my blog readers and a breast cancer patient, sent me this great information on Dense Breasts:
The only downside I can see to 3D Mammograms/Tomosynthesis is that according to USAToday, it has two times the radiation because it is like a CT Scan of the breasts. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/09/3d-mammogram-tomosynthesis/1615719/ There are pros and cons about this, but I will let you decide for yourself. The stories of Jane and Michelle made me a believer.