Next Breast In Line...

One in every eight women will develop breast cancer over her lifetime.
That's according to breast cancer-dot-org.
At flowers hospital, the breast cancer center prides itself on early detection.

Suzanne Woods is the President and C.E.O of Flowers Hospital and knows it's important to lead by example.

So she let our cameras into her mammogram session, letting others know this is a procedure that should be done.

"I really wanted to help, promote awareness and how easy and simple and relatively painless it I to get a mammogram," says President and C.E.O. Suzanne Woods of Flowers Hospital.

And with that, Woods walks into this room ready for the exam, and is talked through each procedure carefully.

A simple rotation of a machine, that takes a digital image of each breast on all four sides. It's technology that has not been made available until recently.

"With the digital imaging also we are able to penetrate through, the dense breast tissue a lot better than we could with the analog machines," says a Registered Nurse at Flowers Hospital.

An exam that only takes about twenty minutes, done once a year for women over forty, and can help save lives.

After the exam it's to the reading room, where a radiologist can determine if extra care is needed or if there is a sign of breast cancer.

For Suzanne?

"A clean bill of health, this year Suzanne, says a Flowers Hospital Radiologist.
“Thank you that feels good," says Woods.

Other women that come to flowers hospital aren't so lucky though.

Dr. William Beckett walked me through what they look for after each examination.

"As you can see in this patient, there's an area of density behind the nipple, which on today's examination is evident, but if we look back over here to one year ago we see that this represents a change," says Dr. William Beckett, Flowers Hospital Radiologist.

Signs to look for when determining if a woman or man needs further testing done in order to determine if those changes could be breast cancer.

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