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Digital Mammography, Happy Birthday!

Breast cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer deaths in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Globally, more than 1.2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Early detection and advanced technologies, however, have helped reduce mortality rates in the United States by 30 per cent since 1989. GE Healthcare has been a leader in the field of breast cancer detection through mammography devices since the 1960s. Today there are over 17,000 GE Healthcare mammography systems in use worldwide.

GE Healthcare's passion is to develop new technologies that improve the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis, and to bring access to these technologies wherever they are needed. This has led us to participate in a range of projects around the world, including a recent research and development programme with the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), where we have explored advanced technologies for the early detection of breast cancer. We are also participating in a three year project to establish a regional breast cancer screening network in Deyang, a city in China's Sichuan province, to help increase access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. This includes the use of remote diagnosis in rural areas.

October marked both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the tenth anniversary of digital mammography — a technology introduced by GE Healthcare in 1999. Similar to digital photography, digital mammography replaces the use of film with digital files that can be viewed and stored on computers.

To commemorate the anniversary, and GE Healthcare's ongoing commitment to fighting breast cancer, we have created a digital wall of personal stories from those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer — as well as doctors, scientists and fundraisers who work tirelessly against the disease. You can visit the wall at