October is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer and while many advancements in detection and treatment have decreased the number of deaths caused by the disease, there is still much to be done.
"Unfortunately it's very common, affecting 1 in 8 women," said Dr. Hollman, a radiologist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. "In 2017, it's estimated that there will be 20,000 new cases. Some new cases are detected from symptoms, a new lump or something like it. Some are totally asymptomatic, requiring screenings to detect."
SAMC is now home to a 3D mammography device, which is more accurate at detecting cancerous cells.
"The patient doesn't experience much difference," said Dr. Hollman. "It's basically the same machine, the only difference being the machine moving around the patient instead of being stationary and taking a few seconds longer."
He also encourages all women this month to get a mammogram, or speak to a licensed physician to discuss a proper course of action if you feel you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.