Digital Mammography – Breast Cancer Screening Strategies

Mammogram Screenings

Every year, over 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. This makes breast cancer one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, second only to skin cancer. However, over recent years, scientists have made significant advances in breast cancer screening and treatment methods, helping doctors to more accurately detect and diagnose breast cancer even in the earliest stages. Because of these advances, the number of breast cancer fatalities has actually decreased over the past 20 years. What are these advances in screening methods, and what steps can women take to help detect or even prevent breast cancer? Doctors agree that the most effective way to detect breast cancer, especially in its early stages, is to have a mammogram X-ray.

Doctors highly recommend that women have a mammogram at least once every year, especially women under 50 years of age. This will help ensure that any signs of breast cancer are detected and then treated at the earliest stage possible. Women who are looking to have a mammogram have two main options for the test, a film mammogram or a digital mammogram. For many years, film mammograms were the only option for women. Operating much like a traditional film camera does, a film mammogram will record the images from the mammogram on a roll of film for doctors to examine after the screening. In recent years, many doctors have begun to use a new form of mammogram, called a digital mammogram.

Digital mammograms likewise operate much like digital cameras do today. This form of mammogram will record the screening images digitally on a computer. Then, after the test is completed, doctors can go back and alter the image as needed, such as enlarging the image or brightening it. This allows doctors to even more accurately detect and diagnose the earliest stages of breast cancer. For this reason, many doctors are recommending that patients use digital rather than film mammograms.

Whether you choose to have a digital mammogram or a film mammogram, doctors agree that every woman should regularly have a mammogram X-ray. No matter if you choose to have one every year, or as often as your doctor recommends, mammograms have proven to be the most effective way to detect and then diagnose breast cancer for women in the United States. Talk with your doctor to find out what are the best mammogram screening options for you.

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“These data should put the diabetes risk from statin therapy in perspective,” said Dr Libby, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “Patients who developed diabetes in JUPITER were ‘on the road’ to this diagnosis.”

The Justification for the Use of statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin (JUPITER) trial examined whether treatment with rosuvastatin reduces first-time cardiovascular events more than placebo among more than 17,000 healthy patients without prior CVD or diabetes. The trial was stopped after a median of 2 years due to evidence that rosuvastatin reduced cardiovascular events and death compared to placebo. Rosuvastatin, a drug in the statin class, is indicated to treat high cholesterol as an adjunct to diet, and to prevent CVD.

In the current JUPITER analysis, led by Paul Ridker, MD, patients were stratified according to whether they had none or one or more major risk factors for developing diabetes. Data showed that in the short term, the development of diabetes was limited to patients who had major diabetes risk factors at baseline; increased risk was not seen among patients without major risk factors. In the overall trial population, as well as in those patients at increased risk for diabetes, the cardiovascular and mortality benefits of statin therapy exceeded the diabetes hazard. Dr Ridker is Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

With respect to the findings from this new analysis, Dr Libby said, “The patients with major risk factors for diabetes enjoyed as much cardiovascular event and death reduction as those without such risk factors, indicating that the benefits of statin therapy exceed the diabetes risk.”

Dr Libby is a member of the esteemed Education Council of the Committee on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases™ (CCMD™), a sister educational initiative to The National Diabetes Education Initiative® (NDEI®), both sponsored by KnowledgePoint360 Group, LLC. Launched in 1996, NDEI is a multi-component educational initiative addressing issues spanning the diabetes continuum, from epidemiology and pathophysiology of the disease and its associated complications and comorbidities, to the therapeutic options for prevention and treatment.

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Three Preventative Screenings You Should Know

Digital Mammograms Preventative Screenings from Southtowns RadiologyPreventative screenings, like mammograms and colonoscopy, help doctors and patients proactively monitor an individual’s changing health.  Although every screening is different and nothing can guarantee 100% accuracy in every case, the preventative screenings recommended by doctors are the best technology available to find cancer and other ailments early and effectively.  At Southtowns Radiology, we provide three common preventative screenings for both men and women.

  1. Mammograms screen women for breast cancer typically beginning at age 40.  The American Cancer Society recommends women have a baseline mammogram at age 40 or sooner if there is a family history of breast cancer.  Mammograms are an annual exam and it is important for women to keep current with their yearly mammograms because breast health changes from year to year.   Between visits, it’s also important for women to have a clinical breast exam with their doctor and continue to do a monthly self-breast exam at home.
  2. Bone density tests are recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation for women or men over the age of 50.  A quick and painless scan, bone densitometry screens for osteoporosis and provides an analysis of the overall bone health of an individual. Your doctor can help determine what your risk factors are for bone loss and with that information will determine how frequently you should continue screening.
  3. Both men and women should have a colonoscopy beginning at age 50 to screen for colon cancer or polyps, as recommended by the Colon Cancer Foundation.  This scan should be done every ten years after that.   Most patients have a traditional colonoscopy but in some cases, based on the patient’s medical history, a doctor may recommend a virtual colonoscopy in a CT machine.  At Southtowns Radiology, we offer CT Virtual Colonoscopy for patients with whom traditional colonoscopy is not an option.

It is always best to see your doctor annually and review what preventative health screenings you should be doing.  The American Cancer Society website is also a great resource to learn more about recommended guidelines and stay on top of your own health.  Visit them at for more information or contact Southtowns Radiology, Buffalo’s premier women’s health and radiology center.

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New Solution Cuts Canadian Wait Times for Laser Spine Surgery


Minimally Invasive Surgery - Back PainTo better meet the needs of Canadians who are suffering from severe neck and back pain, was developed to provide Canadians with a unique, fast U.S. based medical solution leveraging some of the most advanced technology, therapies, and minimally invasive laser surgical procedures. The goal of the Brain and Spine Centre is to provide convenient, comprehensive and compassionate care for Canadian patients who are considering laser spine surgery, lumbar spine surgery, cervical spine surgery, and other minimally invasive laser surgery options. “We were so excited to work with the The Brain and Spine Centre on this exciting project and to help link Canadian back and neck pain sufferers with one of the best medical facilities in the U.S,” said Dan Noyes, president of Zephoria Internet Marketing Consultants. “We were excited to learn about the way the Brain and Spine Centre has created a unique and personalized process to provide Canadian patients with concierge level service and support,” says Noyes.

For Canadian patients who have been waiting a long time for an appointment with a specialist, the Brain and Spine Centre is a breath of fresh air. According to reports, the average waiting time in 2011 between referral from a general practitioner and delivery of a medically necessary elective treatment by a specialist was 19 weeks (Barua et al., 2011).

My Brain and Spine was built using an advanced content management system coupled with a user-friendly graphic design. “We are always excited to work with our design partners to deliver award-winning online communication strategies,” said Noyes. From a web strategy perspective MyBrainandSpine leverages advanced health-care web marketing strategies using everything from search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and other unique health care marketing strategies.

Zephoria Internet Marketing Consultants ( is a New York-based internet marketing consulting company. Zephoria has worked with large Fortune 500 brands to small emerging growth companies to develop customized internet marketing solutions including strategies focused on search engine optimization, social media marketing, search engine friendly web development, and web analytics. For over ten years, Zephoria has also been working with the health-care industry to develop healthcare online marketing strategies. ( provides laser surgical services as well as holistic health care solutions. Lumbar spine surgeries including microdiscectomy, laminectomy, laminotomy, foraminotomy, and lumbar fusion. Cervical spine surgeries include anterior cervical fusion, cervical disc replacement, posterior cervical surgery, and anterior cervical fusion.

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