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Screening program celebrates mammogram milestone

The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency recently celebrated a huge milestone in their breast cancer screening program, having tested more than 610,000 women over the age of 50 for the disease.

The Leader-Post reports that the center has also detected more than 3,600 cases of cancer from 1990 to 2007. To celebrate these life-saving techniques, the agency threw a celebration and invited the women who have been screened by them to attend.

The center is also expecting to start offering digital mammograms, allowing doctors to magnify images and spot traces of breast cancer even earlier than before. The new machine is expected to cost between $500,000 and $600,000.

"It's a lot of money, but the potential lives saved with early detection is certainly advantageous," manager of the agency Sangeeta Gupta told the news source.

Doctors have also seen a decrease in the breast cancer mortality rate, which they attribute to both early detection and the advancements in treatments made over the last 20 years.

The chance of a women being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime in the U.S. is one in eight, according to the American Cancer Society.
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