Dedicated to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, McLeod is the only Breast Health Center in the area accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. McLeod received this prestigious acknowledgement of the quality of care it offers to breast cancer patients in 2010 – the first breast program in the region to achieve this designation.
Annually, breast cancer is the most commonly treated cancer at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Because a tremendous volume of breast cancer patients are cared for at McLeod, the hospital, staff, and physicians have put considerable effort into ensuring state-of-the-art care for women with breast cancer and that the NAPBC standards are met or exceeded.
In 2018, McLeod installed the most accurate mammogram available – 3D Mammography™, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Dillon and on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit. McLeod Health is the only hospital system in the area to offer women access to 3D Mammography. This technology will also soon be installed at McLeod Health Cheraw, McLeod Health Clarendon and McLeod Health Seacoast.
The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam revolutionizes how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone. The technology produces a three-dimensional view that allows doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer unlike the flat images used in conventional mammograms.
Studies show that the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is also the only mammogram that is FDA-approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone. This is good news for patients, as nearly 50 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.
3D Mammography™ also allows for earlier detection, finding 20 percent to 65 percent more invasive cancers than conventional mammography. In addition, 3D Mammography™ provides greater peace of mind, reducing call back exams by up to 40 percent.
Advancements in early detection with the latest technology and a dedication to ensuring we are meeting and/or exceeding the national standards in breast cancer treatment demonstrates McLeod Health’s commitment to improving survival and access to care.