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Lori Safer's mammogram turned up something suspicious. The 54-year-old mother of two decided to get a closer look with a 3D mammogram.

"They said 'we don't like how it looks on this 3D, we have to take this out.' So they took out the lump and it came up cancer."

A study of nearly half a million women finds screening with both 3D imaging and digital mammography detects 41% more invasive cancers than just traditional mammography alone.

"If you think of a book, we are able to page through the breast with one millimeter slices and see inside the breast," says Dr. Sarah Friedewald, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

That closer look, also results in 15% fewer unnecessary follow-up tests because of false alarms.

"I expect 3D to largely replace the standard 2D over time as it becomes more accessible to patients."

Safer opted for a bilateral mastectomy. "It was stage one, and they got it in time and I just feel very happy."

There is still controversy over whether early breast cancer detection leads to better outcomes but safer is convinced her 3D mammogram saved her life.

MRI is still recommended for women at high risk of getting breast cancer. 

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