Doctors Have a New Tool to Identify Breast Cancer
Scientists are working new ways to recognize breast cancer while at the same time studying existing methods of identification to find out what is best.
Take mammograms, for example. During the test, a technician takes an X-ray picture of a woman’s breast as it is pressed between two glass plates. A radiologist then examines the image for signs of cancer.
Mammograms are the best tools available for recognizing the disease. The number of breast cancer deaths has fallen by 30 percent in the United States since doctors began offering mammography in the 1970s. The reason: the chances of beating cancer are higher when the disease is found early.
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Written by Carol Pearson for VOA.