British Columbia Takes the Lead in Digital Mammography


That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for man, or rather, womankind.

At least, that’s how we’re looking at the latest news regarding Breast Cancer detection and mammography in British Columbia.

A $3 million donation from the Gordon and Leslie Diamond family to BC Women’s Hospital and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will pay for the purchase of two digital mammography machines. British Columbians will also be introduced to tomosynthesis or the three-dimensional imaging of breast tissue.

According to BC Women’s Hospital, for every 1000 women who are tested, 70 need to come back for follow-up exams. Of those 70, an average of 3 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Digital mammograms mean instant results. Before,  women would have to wait weeks to hear back on whether they needed to take any follow-up tests. False negatives and false positives will be dramatically reduce.

To read more about tomosynthesis and the Diamond’s generous donation, you can read the Vancouver Sun’s article.

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