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Study shows 3D mammograms are better at detecting breast cancer

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A woman waits outside the mammogram and women's health services area on the first day of the fourth annual free health clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles September 27, 2012.

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows dramatic increases in breast cancer detection with 3D mammograms that have the ability to give more detailed pictures and lower the number of false positives. 3D mammograms have been in use since 2011, but aren't widely available yet.

Dr. Catherine Dang is a breast surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and joined us to talk about this recent study and what it means for women looking to detect tumors as early and efficiently as possible.


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