Georgia Cancer Specialists CEO Dr. Bruce Feinberg appeared on WXIA 11-Alive News Monday, March 8 in a story reported by Marc Pickard about a new technique that can detect breast cancer earlier than a mammogram.
“This is a turning point in the fight against breast cancer,” Dr. Feinberg said in the segment. “This will allow us to go from understanding cancer as a cellular disease to understanding it as a genetic and molecular disease.”
Doctors are calling this procedure a “breast pap smear.” It is a relatively painless and non-invasive test that can catch potentially cancerous cells before a mammogram can. A mammogram can only detect these cells after they have formed. This new procedure finds cells before or while they are forming, down to the size of a pinhead, and recognizes cells that will transform or mutate.
“Finding cells early is the key,” said Dr. Feinberg. “This process gives us a chance to find molecular changes that predict a cell will transform.”
This new procedure is not for everyone. It will be used in women at high risk for breast cancer or those with dense breast tissue.
Dr. Feinberg practices at the GCS Stemmer office in Decatur and the GCS Rockdale office.