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3D technology in mammograms another tool in breast cancer fight

DENVER — It’s a new way to fight breast cancer and more women will now have access to it. The University of Colorado Hospital now brings 3D mammogram technology to women in Denver in an amazing mobile unit.

It’s a quick, easy and life-saving step to take. The American Cancer Society says the top two reasons women give for not getting a mammogram are a lack of time and convenience. This mobile unit makes it quick and easy to get a mammogram.

This is the first mobile unit on this side of the country to offer the latest 3D technology. It gets a much closer look at breast tissue and is better at tracking cancer.

We talked to one cancer survivor who says no one should be afraid to be screened for breast cancer.

“I’m glad I was proactive about my health because if I would have waited until I was 40 or waited to come in a year it would have been way worse than it was,” Tavara Gerfen said.

“With the old 2D mammogram, we would not be able to slice the breast into 1 millimeter slices. With the 3D, we would be able to see the breast from the top down,” said Dr. Wei-Shin Wang, a University of Colorado radiologist. “It allows us to see cancers we would have missed on a 2D mammogram

The 3D mammogram results in fewer false positives, meaning women will be spared going through biopsies they don’t need.

Women should get their first mammogram at age 40 but that depends on your family history when it comes to breast cancer. It could be earlier.

For more information about how to make an appointment, visit The Pink Life Saver.