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A More Personalized Approach to Mammography

Radiologist Recently, Benjamin Pettus, M.D., PhD., gave a talk on a “A More Personalized Approach to Mammography”, as part of the Riverside Group’s free lecture series, “The Doctor is In”.  Dr. Pettus, a board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologist, covered many important topics in mammography, including:

  • A radiologist’s perspective on current screening guidelines
  • An overview of personalized mammography
  • Why age alone isn’t always the most relevant screening criterion
  • What you should know about breast density
  • Why screening mammography isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure
  • The risk factors that influence why and when you need a mammogram

Dr. Pettus received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biopathology relevant to the study and treatment of cancer, and earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Pettus completed his internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, and his post graduate training included a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a Fellowship in Mammography and Breast Imaging from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Currently, Dr. Pettus is a general diagnostic  radiologist, and a breast imaging & interventional specialist at Peninsula Radiological Associates, the sole radiological provider for the Riverside Health System

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in America. Before the onset of mammography screening, the death rate from advanced breast cancer remained unchanged for 50 years. However, since 1990, this rate has decreased by 30 percent, and recent studies suggest that mammograms may even be more effective than previously thought, reducing breast cancer mortality by more than 30 to 60 percent.