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What Is a Breast Radiologist’s Role in Detecting Breast Cancer? – UF Health Radiology

What Is a Breast Radiologist’s Role in Detecting Breast Cancer? – UF Health Radiology


My name is Dr. Smita Sharma. I’m a
radiologist, and I specialize in breast imaging. I’m also the section chief of breast radiology here at UF Health Jacksonville. One of the main rules that we have as
breast imagers is to diagnose breast cancer early. Early detection is very
important because it makes treatment much more effective, more curative and leads to better outcomes. So, I’ll give you a little background – screening mammography was started in the US in the early to mid-1980s, and since then, the death rate from breast cancer has dropped down significantly by 40%,
and that is because we are able to find early cancers and more curable cancers.

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