It's estimated more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 40,000 of them will die, but thanks to women like Maye Walker, statistics in our area could decrease.
In honor of her late daughter-in-law Sharon, Ms. Walker worked relentlessly to get digital mammography to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Maye Walker says, "She was told she was too young to have a mammogram and her breasts were too dense. This is what we've been looking for for a long, long time."
TMH's Rita Edwards adds, "It really gives you flexibility to manipulate the images and look at areas of interest more closely."
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, digital mammography is better than conventional mammography for women under age 50 or those with dense breasts. The service will be available at TMH in early 2006.