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Date:9/21/2011

econstructed into a series of high-resolution one-millimeter slices that can be reviewed individually or played back in a cine loop.

"Tomosynthesis, by solving the issue of tissue superimposition, will not only allow us to detect breast cancer more reliably, it will also reduce the number of unnecessary call backs for additional testing," adds Dr. Levine. "This will then address a frequent criticism of mammography by reducing anxiety and controlling costs."

A woman can learn if her breasts are dense by asking her physician or the radiologist who performs her mammogram. Breast density is not based on family history and cannot be determined by look and feel of the breast. Approximately 75 percent of women in their forties have dense breasts, and this percentage typically decreases with age – with 54 percent of women in their fifties and 42 percent of women in their sixties having dense breasts.(i) Approximately 40 to 50 percent of women Hoag screens annually have extremely dense breast tissue, particularly younger women ages 40-49.

Regardless of whether a woman has dense breast tissue or not, mammograms and self breast awareness play a crucial role in early detection. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If found and treated early, while still localized in the breast, the ten-year survival rate for breast cancer is greater than 90 percent.

Hoag is pleased to offer digital breast tomosynthesis to Orange County women due to a generous grant from Circle 1000, a dedicated group of women that have raised funds for Hoag Family Cancer Institute since 1987. In the near future, Hoag will be extending this technology to Irvine as well.

Hoag is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In off
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