Breast Cancer Awareness, PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer.

Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 38 (about 2.6%). Men may also develop breast cancer, but is much less likely than women.

Breast Cancer Awareness: PET Scan Can Help with Early Detection

Early detection is the key, as it is best treatable in the beginning. Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 40% since 1990. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment of advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation.

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists offers the latest in breast cancer detection with our Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner. PET represents the latest innovation in nuclear medicine, merging cutting-edge medical science with comprehensive computer technology. While X-rays, MRI’s, CT’s, and mammograms are limited to visualizing actual damage to the body’s anatomical structure, PET focuses on the body’s metabolic process, allowing for the detection of disease long before any damage occurs.

With a single session, PET can help facilitate cancer treatment of the lungs, prostate, breast, colon, head and neck, pancreas, esophagus and ovaries.

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