Breast Cancer Evolution

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The Evolution of Breast Cancer Technology
With the advancement of technology the detection of breast cancer in screenings has improved over the years, thus leading to a profuse amount of saved lives. The first sighting of breast cancer has no exact known date, but historians found evidence of breast cancer dated back to 1600 BC in Egyptian writings. (Mandal) With more knowledge about breast cancer, women and some men are able to conduct self-examinations and receive proper screenings in order to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. In the 1950s the mammogram was introduced to the medical community, then later popularized. (Basset and Gold) With advancements in technology, mammograms are not the only way to spot breast cancer; there are
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Mammograms are an X-ray of the breast and can detect up to two years before either the patient or doctor can feel the tumor. ("Early Detection, Breast Cancer | CancerCare") Clinical Breast Exams (CBE) is the examination of breast and their surrounding areas, and doctors perform this procedure. During the examination the doctor checks for changes in size, skin changes, and other abnormal changes that the breast may have or soon undergo. Women ages 20 to 30 should receive a CBE every three years as a part of their general health exam. ("Early Detection, Breast Cancer | CancerCare") One exam that can be performed by the patient themselves is the breast self exam, this allows patients to become familiar with their breasts so in the case of any unfamiliarity they will be able to spot such changes and notify a physician. Self-exams are beneficial and a good idea to start around the age 20, and self-exam monthly. ("Early Detection, Breast Cancer | …show more content…
Starting in 1913, a German surgeon, Salomon, performed radiographs of 300 exercised breasts, correlated radiographic gross, and microscopic anatomy. (Basset and Gold) In 1930, Stafford Warren, American doctor, initiated the use of mammograms clinically, from there Warren was able to identify normal breast as well as breast with benign and malignant tumors. In the 1950s Gershon-Cohen and his associates focused primarily on malignant and benign abnormalities found on mammograms. Mammograms didn’t popularize until 1960, when Egan described a technique that was reproducible and low kilo-volatge that used industrial film; and reported excellemt results in the first 1000 breasts he examined. (Basset and Gold) During the late 1970s many patients feared the mammogram because of the public’s fear of ration-induced carcinoma. However, improvements in mammograms have led to the ability of early detection as well as a lower radiation dose. Technology and its advancements throughout the years have ultimately led to improvement in image quality and reduction in radiation

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