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40 is the age at which women should start getting annual mammograms
37% reduction in breast cancer deaths since mammography screening became widespread in 1990
1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women ages 40–49
3 of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease
Three-dimensional mammography creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays. Several low-dose images from different angles around the breast are used to create the 3D picture. A conventional mammogram creates a two-dimensional image of the breast from two X-ray images of each breast. Several studies have found that 3D mammograms find more cancers than traditional 2D mammograms and also reduce the number of false positives. A 3D mammogram at Harris Regional Hospital can improve cancer detection by 40%*.