Doctors using digital mammogram's in detecting cancer early.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 10:34am

The earlier, the better, that's never more true when it comes to detecting breast cancer, but new technology is helping doctors detect breast cancer, earlier than ever, NBC reporter Vicky Nguyen has more.

Kristi McCarthy says when she saw the images for her first digital mammogram and they were eye opening. She has undergone annual mammogram since her late 20's, in part because of a family history of breast cancer, but she never worried until doctors found a lump. The mass, the size of a gum ball, is being watched closely by Dr. Jessie Jacob and made easier to tract by digital mammogram. One of the benefits of digital mammography is finding cancer earlier which increases the odds of survival up to 95%.

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