Will provide women with access to the most accurate screening and diagnostic
Institution for Savings commits $500,000 gift to support the purchase of
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. -- In 2014, more than 200,000 women were diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. It remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.However, women don’t have to allow this disease to advance to a late stage before it is detected and treated. Early detection is critical to survival.
In the coming months, Anna Jaques will offer 3D Mammography, the latest and most advanced technology in breast cancer screenings and detection. 3D Mammography is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years because it provides clinicians with a level of clarity proven to improve accuracy and reduce call-backs and biopsies.
“Anna Jaques Hospital is investing $1.5 million to bring 3D Mammography to our Newburyport, Amesbury and Haverhill locations to provide the most advanced mammogram available in the country to the communities we serve,” said Mark Goldstein, President and CEO. “Offering the highest standard of breast care is central to our mission and our role as a community hospital.”
Through the generosity and commitment of Institution for Savings, a $500,000 donation has been given to Anna Jaques toward the purchase of these three machines.
“We are pleased to partner with Anna Jaques Hospital to bring this state-of-the-art breast cancer detection and screening technology to our community,” said Institution for Savings President and CEO Michael J. Jones. “At the Institution for Savings we know all too well the impact that breast cancer can have on individuals and families, as we have had numerous employees and family members affected by this devastating disease in recent years. We are proud to give individuals the opportunity to have this test performed close to home, applaud Anna Jaques for implementing this new technology, and are happy that we could help.”
“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift which enables us to improve the health of our community and ultimately save lives,” continued Mark Goldstein. “The Institution for Savings has been incredibly supportive of the hospital for years. President & CEO Michael Jones and the Bank have once again made a major donation that will make a real difference to women of the Greater Newburyport area.”
The Power and Promise of 3D Mammography
Several large studies have shown that 3D Mammography, also known as Tomosynthesis, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers which is 1-2 more cancers caught per 1,000 tests. It was also shown to reduce the chance that a patient will need to be called back for additional views by up to 15%. This increased accuracy means detecting cancer earlier with fewer false alarms, and fewer biopsies.
3D Mammography produces thin slices of the breast, taking up to 180 pictures of a breast in about the same time it takes 2D to take four pictures. This allows the radiologist to view breast tissue one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis.
“Getting a mammogram is an emotional experience, especially in circumstances where more testing is required,” said Peter Hartmann, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Gerrish Breast Care Center, affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “With the superior imagery produced by 3D Mammography, this technology creates the opportunity to provide a more detailed and accurate first screening – especially for women with greater breast density – so that women can be spared the need to endure additional testing, including biopsies.”
All patients will be offered 3D mammography for screening and diagnostic exams regardless of age or breast type. Initial screening results are provided within two business days.
Visit ajh.org/breastcare for more information. Women may self-refer for a screening mammogram.
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