KAKE News is launching a new program to help you find breast cancer early.
It's called ''Detection Check 10''. Every 10th of the month, we'll feature stories about breast cancer.
Early breast cancer detection has gone high tech in Salina. A computer double-checks your mammograms, and gives you more peace of mind.
This time, when Beth Vinson comes in for her annual mammogram, she's more at ease.
Beth says, "It was just nice to know that there's a second set of eyes."
A second set of eyes to check the results of her mammogram at Salina Regional Health Center.
The R-2 Image Checker is computer-aided detection. Over a billion calculations are done on each film.
Salina radiologist Dr. Andrew Brittan says, "After all the calculations have been done by the computer I see which areas were flagged by the CAD machine then I do a second reading on it so I'm in essence my own second reader. This is like a spellchecker for the radiologist."
Beth says, "The fact that it can find 20% more cancer was a real selling plus for me. It did give me a lot of comfort knowing that it was going to be run through that."
In Beth's case, the Image Checker marked three lesions. This led to Beth having a biopsy.
The American Cancer Society says it takes a combination of three things to find breast cancer early -- annual mammogram if you're age 40 and over, your clinical exam, and monthly breast self exam.