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Posted on: Aug 15, 2016 08:25AM

Longtermsurvivor wrote:

mammogram saved my life. Our reviewers: wrong message. POSTED BY GARY SCHWITZER

A hospital wishing to promote its new 3-D mammography equipment couldn't ask for much more than this: stories on Fox News, by WSB Atlanta, by WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the Tulsa World, the Associated Press and Sacramento Bee and Charlotte Observer, the New York Daily News, and more.

Fox-25 Oklahoma City

Fox-25 Oklahoma City

It all happened because Mayor Gina Nobel of Stillwater, OK, announced in a news conference that 3-D mammography at Stillwater Medical Center saved her life. She said that the technology found an early Stage 0 cancer, or ductal carcinoma in situ – DCIS – a non-invasive form of cancer that many experts believe should not even be called a cancer.

One news story stated: "Mayor Noble serves on the board of the Stillwater Medical Center, so no one was more perfect to be the focus of a public service announcement encouraging women to get a mammogram using the hospital's new 3D technology."

Was she the perfect messenger?

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Aug 15, 2016 10:28AM Denise-G wrote:

I'm not sure what to say about the article, but I am a huge advocate of 3D mammography. I've heard from so many women whose lives were definitely saved as a result of 3D mammography due to dense breast tissue. My sister is one of them. Our local hospital has 3D mammography. Even with 3D it was hard to see her Stage 3C cancer. But thank God they did!

www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/27/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 15, 2016 10:40AM Janetanned wrote:

I too, am a supporter of 3d mammography. 5 years ago I went in for my annual mammogram. I was approached by a young woman who asked if I would like to be part of a research study - looking at the effectiveness of 3D mammography. I agreed to participate, filled out all of the forms, and went in for a baseline 3D mammogram. The radiologist met with me as soon as she read the film. She suspected trouble that was not detected in any of my earlier mammograms. I have very dense breast tissue with lots of benign lumps and bumps. DCIS was found on one side, which led to further testing (MRI and MRI guided biopsy). The MRI found ILC on the other side. IDC was found mixed with the DCIS during the surgical biopsy along with 4 positive nodes. I believe that it might have saved my life.

Janet 11/10/11 BMX/DIEP reconstruction, 1/6/12- 4 AC DD followed by 4Taxol DD, followed by 33 rads, 10yrs hormone blocker Dx 10/11/2011, ILC, <1cm, Stage IIIA, 4/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 15, 2016 05:53PM keepthefaith wrote:

My BS and MO both highly recommend 3D mammos for me. So glad it's available! Maybe it will be the norm soon...

Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/17/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/25/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/15/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/31/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/22/2014
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Aug 15, 2016 11:26PM Hopeful82014 wrote:

I would agree that it looks as though there is some conflict of interest yet am willing to give it a pass as I, too, am a big proponent of 3-D mammography. Since many centers don't yet use it, I think that getting the word out to women and supporting demand for it are important.
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Aug 16, 2016 11:53AM - edited Sep 6, 2016 11:48PM by JuniperCat

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Dx 2015 stage 1A IDC 1.5cm ER+ PR- HER2-

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