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Destry Jetton is the host of a popular lifestyle show, Arizona Midday on NBC Channel 12. Destry agreed to take us on her personal journey through the mammogram process and share an informative, educational series for viewers to learn and see how the process works plus the options and the questions along the way. Mammograms save lives. This 6-part series on mammography sheds light on exactly how, and also explores the concerns and questions many of us have, about screening and diagnostic testing.
Video 1: Destry Prepares For Her Mammogram “What to expect and why no deodorant?”
Video 2: Destry’s Mammogram “Is this going to hurt?”
Video 3: Live Mammogram Q&A “Which guidelines? Radiation? Implants?”
Video 4: The Results “What’s a ’Call Back’? What is Nurse Navigation?”
Video 5: Mammograms and Your Personal Risk of Breast Cancer “Angelina’s story. What is genetic risk and what can I do about it?”
Video 6: In Depth Mammogram Q&A “False positives? Diagnostics? Early detection?”
Destry: Today – we’re starting a six part series on Mammograms. They are one of the most important screenings a woman can get – but many are afraid or even complacent about getting one. Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U-S – and early detection from mammograms is key! Dr. Denise Reddy with Scottsdale Medical Imaging is here to help us from the beginning! Dr Reddy, When should women start getting mammograms? And what are the current guidelines?
Dr Reddy: If you're 40 or older and have an average risk of breast cancer, yearly screening mammograms should be part of your healthcare. Scottsdale Medical Imaging agrees here with the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National
Destry: Many people believe getting a Mammogram can be a scary thing and, they feel it is time consuming and inconvenient. But, Mammograms are the only kind of early detection screening that has actually been shown to decrease a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer. I'm in the same boat many of you are - with a mammogram due right now.
That's why I decided to go through the process with Scottsdale Medical Imaging to show you step by step how it works in part two of our special series.
Colleen Willson – Manager of Mammography Services Scottsdale Medical Imaging. For a routine screening mammogram the options are 3D (Tomosynthesis) or 2D. When you come to one of our SMIL centers we will review the exam you are going to have with you, review your medical history and answer any questions to be sure you are completely comfortable.
Destry: We’ve been working on demystifying the process and procedure of getting a mammogram and you have submitted your questions. Today we are going to answer some of those questions and to help us we have Dr Denise Reddy with Scottsdale Medical imaging.
I love this because these are real questions from real people. Our first question starts with “I want to thank Destry for doing this series” which I did, and you guys encouraged me to get as mammogram on the air which I think was important and did show people how it all works.
The question is, “Destry chose a 3D mammogram what’s the difference and is it more expansive?”
Dr Reddy: Some women are choosing 3D mammograms and the reason they are doing that is because some studies have shown 3D mammograms detect more cancers and has less false alarms. SMIL was involved in the original trials of 3D so we’ve had a lot of experience with 3D from day 1. A very large study of over 400,000 women showed 3D found more cancers and also reduced false positive results. A false positive result means seeing an abnormal area that looks like a
Destry: We are continuing our 6-part series on mammograms. We have taken you through the process, answered some of your questions and now it’s time for results. We are here at Scottsdale Medical Imaging along with Dr Denise Reddy and Pam Turgeon, a Nurse Navigator at SMIL. We all want to hear the all clear but what happens when you get results that say “wait a second, you have to come back and do something more”? I know this can be a potentially very frightening time for women.
Dr Reddy: That’s what we call a “call back”. What that means is there was a finding on your mammogram and we need to do some additional tests to find out if it is a problem or not. About 1 in 10 women are called back for more tests but
Destry: We are continuing our series on mammograms with Scottsdale Medical Imaging and Dr Denise Reddy. Dr Reddy, there have been news stories saying that women at high risk for breast cancer should get more screening or start mammograms earlier. What does high risk mean?
Dr Reddy: When we talk about risk what we mean is a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer during her lifespan. At SMIL we talk about this as a woman’s risk number and that every woman should know her risk number. First let’s be clear, a high breast cancer risk number doesn’t mean a woman will certainly get breast cancer and a low breast cancer risk number does not mean it’s impossible. For most women the average lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 12 percent to 13 percent. A risk of 15 percent to 20 percent is “moderately
Destry: This is the final show in our 6 part series on mammograms. We have gone through every step of the process from making your appointment to actually getting a mammogram to getting your results and understanding more about risk. Again, we are joined by Dr Denise Reddy from Scottsdale Medical Imaging, and today we are looking at a final set of questions that have come from our viewers during the course of this series. Here is the first question: “I’ve read online that mammograms lead to “over-diagnosis” and “false positives”. What does this mean?”
Dr Reddy: Modern screening mammograms are very good at finding early cancers that can now be successfully treated. However, they can also find cancers that will never cause symptoms or threaten a woman’s life. This is what’s described as