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Global Mammography Market Driven by Increased Breast Cancer Prevalence

By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 18 Apr 2019
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Image: The growth of the North American mammography market is expected to be driven by the rising prevalence of breast cancer, better healthcare infrastructure, and increased funding for research in breast cancer in the region (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).
Image: The growth of the North American mammography market is expected to be driven by the rising prevalence of breast cancer, better healthcare infrastructure, and increased funding for research in breast cancer in the region (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).
The growth of the global mammography market is being driven by the rising prevalence of breast cancer, technological advancements in breast imaging, and investments by various organizations in breast cancer screening campaigns. The high-incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer among women aged 60 years and above who account for almost 78% of all breast cancer-related deaths represent a huge unmet need for breast cancer diagnostics. The rising number of breast cancer incidents and mortality cases is expected to increase the demand for mammography and consequently, boost the growth of the global mammography market over the coming years.

These are the latest findings of Research and Markets, (Dublin, Ireland), a global market research company.

On the basis of the technology used, conventional screen-film mammography (SFM) with high-spatial resolution has been the preferred choice for screening programs in most countries. However, with the advent of digital mammography, an increasing number of countries are witnessing a shift to newer systems which use digital receptors and computers, due to their superior depiction of low-contrast objects, wider dynamic change, and improved diagnostic quality of images, especially when examining denser breasts. Digital mammography systems also offer the added advantages of soft-copy image displays and soft-copy reading, which can be easily transferred, as well as significantly lower radiation exposure as compared to analog systems.

Hence, digital mammography is becoming the preferred choice of screening, despite the new technology costing six times more than conventional systems. Full-field digital mammography is the most common form of digital mammography employed and offers potential for significant advances in breast cancer diagnosis, including lower radiation dosages, reduced breast compression pressure, and improved detection. The major market players are also focusing on technological advancements and reducing the side effects of the procedures. These advantages of digital mammography are expected to aid the growth of the global mammography market over the coming years.

Geographically, North America holds the largest share of the global mammography market and is expected to maintain its leading position over the coming years. The growth of the North American mammography market is expected to be driven by the rising prevalence of breast cancer, better healthcare infrastructure, and increase in funding activity for research in breast cancer in the region.

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