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A recent gift by the organization will help Providence Willamett Falls buy a 3-D mammography machine

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation recently received a $1,000 gift from the Canby Rodeo Association to bring advanced breast cancer detection to the community.

For nearly a decade, the rodeo association has donated more than $22,000 during Pink Night at the Clackamas County Fair. The generosity of the rodeo association will help Providence Willamette Falls purchase a new 3-D mammography machine for Providence Medical Group – Canby.

The Canby Herald.

The 3-D machine, known as Tomosynthesis, or Tomo, is a new tool in mammography that allows for clearer and more detailed evaluation of the breast tissue when compared to current 2-D technology. Conventional digital mammography produces one image of overlapping tissue in comparison to Tomo which takes multiple images of the breast. A multi-layered scan allows our specialized breast radiologists to evaluate the layers of superimposed tissue and aids in detecting areas of concern from several angles.

Tomosynthesis has shown:

- 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. The sooner we can find these invasive cancers, the sooner we can intervene and work to save lives.

- 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers. Beyond just the invasive cancers, we will be able to detect other concerns sooner. Again, early intervention is key and will be possible with this new imaging technology.

- 40 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. If you or a loved one has ever experienced the anxiety and stress of the call back for a "second look," you will understand the impact of this measure.

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