Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States, but doctors are hopeful that an advancement in technology can change that.
3D mammograms are becoming more common in hospitals all over the United States and some doctors say it's saving women's lives.
One of those women, is Kari Bunn.
Dr. Meghna Krishnan of Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo says, "Kari's 3D mammogram picked up a cancer cell, that the 2D did not. When we did the 3D mammogram and looked at the tissue layer by layer, we came across an area of distortion or puckering behind the nipple."
After further testing...that area tested positive for breast cancer. Kari believes that the life changing factor here was early detection, one of the benefits of 3D testing.
Kari Bunn says, "Because they caught it so early, it was Stage 1...I was so relieved because it could have been a lot worse."
How much worse? Well Dr. Krishnan says that if Kari would have returned a year later for her routine mammogram check, her cancer could have possibly grown double or 4 times its size.
Dr. Krishnan says, "I think she is one of the very lucky women in whom the technology really saved her life."
Kari had a mastectomy and is currently cancer free...she says she is thankful for the 3D mammography machine and urges other women to get checked out.
3D mammograms are new at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo this year, but the technology can also be found at Mercy and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.