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David I. Rose: Praise for Rep. McGovern for breast cancer diagnosis support

To the editor:

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to extend a hearty thank-you to U.S. Rep. James. McGovern for taking the issue of breast cancer detection so seriously.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime — a frightening statistic — but McGovern is working to ensure all women have access to a 3D mammogram by supporting efforts to get this technology covered by Medicare. The latest research shows 3D mammograms reduce the number of women called back for unnecessary additional testing by up to 40 percent and detect up to 40 percent more invasive breast cancers than traditional mammograms.

As a doctor, I am proud to have McGovern’s support.

David I. Rose, MD

The writer is chairman of Radiology and Director of Breast Imaging, Emerson Hospital, Radiology Department, Concord.

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