Video: Advances in Breast Cancer Detection

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Mammograms remain the gold standard in detecting breast cancer early, when it is less aggressive and can be treated effectively with localized surgery (lumpectomy) and radiation therapy, according to Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Norton strongly recommends that all women over age 40 have a yearly mammogram. In addition, MRI is often useful in detecting early-stage breast cancer in women who have abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, and ultrasound can help distinguish between noncancerous and cancerous areas found on a mammogram.