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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one business has mammograms in 3D.
Some doctors say this is the biggest advancement for breast cancer in 30 years. The new technology is being used at the University of Kentucky and the Women's Diagnostic Center in Louisville on Dupont Circle.
Patient Jodi Daves, a breast cancer survivor, says her hair is finally growing back after her brush with cancer.
"I caught the cancer myself," Daves says. "I did a self exam." She says she found out within a couple of weeks that it was cancer.
On Tuesday Daves tried out the new 3D mammography machine at the Women's Diagnostic Center, one of only 300 of such devices being used across the country. The Diagnostic Center is currently the only location in Louisville with the new technology.
Similar to a traditional mammogram, breasts are put under compression while an X-ray arm makes a quick arc, taking images at several angles. It's used for screening and diagnostic mammograms.
Dr. Art McLaughlin, the Medical Director and CEO of the Women's Diagnostic Center, says, "It finds breast cancer that we sometimes don't find on a regular mammogram and it also cuts down on callbacks. Callbacks are when we see something on mammogram that might be cancer and we have the lady return."
McLaughlin says 3-D mammograms are not covered by insurance just yet. His office charges $50, but many feel it's worth it -- especially if cancer is found in the early stages.
"We've been doing this about five weeks now and we have found 4 to 5 cancers," McLaughlin says.
Daves says, "It's a scary thing to go through, but made more acceptable because of great support, especially in this community."
Mammograms are recommended yearly for women 40 and up. If breast cancer runs in your immediate family like a mother or sister, women should be screened starting at 30 years old. Breast self-exams are recommended once a month.