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A breast pap test finds cancer sooner

Breakthrough technology in the fight against breast cancer. A new device is making its way to women's healthcare providers. It's detecting cancer at early stages in younger women.

Charlotte Duncan is 30, but breast cancer is top-of-mind. It took her sister's life.

"She actually passed away 11 years ago at the age of 30," said Duncan Charlotte's had mammograms, but is trying the new "halo breast pap test" to find out her risk factors.  

The machine uses warmth and pressure to bring fluid in the glands to the surface.

"Women have fluid in the ducts of the nipple and the halo basically is like a massage that massages the ducts and sucks the fluid out of the nipple," said reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gail Lebovic.  

That fluid comes through tubes and is then tested. Abnormal cells can be detected eight years before something might show up on a mammogram! Doctor Gail Lebovic, says the halo is yet another advancement.

"If you take a room full of women, we know one in eight of them will get breast cancer, but we don't know which one. And so halo lets us pick out that woman who might be at high risk," said Lebovic.  

The test is $75.00 and Charlotte says worth her life. "It takes 10 minutes out of your day and that could change your whole life," said Duncan.

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