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mammography,

diagnostic procedure that uses low-dose X rays to detect abnormalities in the breasts. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is form of mammography that combines X-ray images taken at multiple angles to produce a single three-dimensional image. The early diagnosis of breast cancerbreast cancer,
cancer that originates in the breast. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (following lung cancer). Although the vast majority of the cases occur in women, some men also get breast cancer.
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 made possible by the routine use of mammography for screening women increases a woman's treatment alternatives and improves her chances of surviving the cancer. Mammograms can detect tumors too small to be noticed on physical examination. The recommended timing for a baseline first mammogram and subsequent mammograms varies depending on a woman's risk for breast cancer, but several medical advisory groups recommend beginning at age 40 or 45 for a woman with an average risk for breast cancer.

mammography

[ma′mäg·rə·fē]
(medicine)
Radiographic examination of the breast, performed with or without injection of the glandular ducts with a contrast medium.
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"From invitation processes, technology and future requirements to ensure that breast screening continues to support early diagnosis of breast cancer."
"Effective breast screening saves lives and it is clear there is an ambition for the programme we have in this country to be the best it can be."
NHS Highland says being breast-aware and knowing what is normal for you, reporting any changes to your GP as soon as possible and attending regular breast screening appointments is the best way of detecting breast cancer at an early stage.
Images will also be taken from a recent breast screening mammogram to establish breast density, an important predictor of breast cancer risk, and this will be included in a risk estimate.
The breast screening programme uses an X-ray test called a mammogram to detect tumours before they are large enough to feel.
Head of services for Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland, Janice Preston, said:"It's incredibly concerning that so many women in Scotland have not been able to have their final breast screening appointment."
Ruth Croft, Programme Manager for Breast Screening at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton said: "We've had to temporarily move the breast screening unit as building work is ongoing at Sir Robert Peel Hospital.
I regularly see women in my private practice who say they are registered with an NHS GP but have never received an NHS letter inviting them for breast screening." feedback@people.co.uk le fe Mokbel
She said: "Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather in March, the West of Scotland Breast Screening service had to cancel some of their planned screening sessions.
The PROCAS 2 research project, which is being run within the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme Project (NHSBSP), will implement Volpara Solutions' VolparaDensity software, the company announced on Wednesday.
Eluned Hughes, head of public health and information at Breast Cancer Now, said: "The latest statistics show a decline in the number of women in the West Midlands attending breast screening.