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What you need to know about breast screening

Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS

Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS
Breast Cancer Surgeon

In 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) created significant controversy and confusion for both providers and patients when they revised their breast screening guidelines. (The USPSTF is promoted as an unbiased group that reviews relevant studies and makes guideline recommendations. Specialists may be asked to review the guidelines but no breast specialists (surgeons or radiologists) were on the actual review panel.)

The guideline development process aims to weigh the potential benefit of services against the potential harm, and make recommendations accordingly. For breast screening, the harms considered were “psychological harms,” imaging tests and biopsies in women who were ultimately found not to have cancer, inconvenience, and the possibility of treating a cancer that might not have been life threatening. Radiation exposure was considered to be a minor concern. Regarding benefits – the only benefit considered was reduction in death rates from breast cancer.

These USPSTF guidelines recommend...

Mammography-Detected Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-olds Has Better Prognosis

Swedish News

SEATTLE, Feb. 23, 2012 – Based on a study of nearly 2,000 breast-cancer patients, researchers at the Swedish Cancer Institute say that, in women between the ages of 40 and 49, breast cancers detected by mammography have a better prognosis. The study appears in the March issue of Radiology.

“In our study, women aged 40 to 49 whose breast cancer was detected by mammography were easier to treat and had less recurring disease and mortality, because their cancer was found at an earlier stage,” Henry Kaplan, M.D., medical oncologist with Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI).  

Gala Dinner Supports Expansion of Cancer Services, Charity Care at Swedish/Edmonds

Swedish News

EDMONDS, WASH., Nov. 28, 2011 – More than 500 hundred people attended the Swedish Edmonds Imagine Gala, Celebrating Change – an event benefitting the hospital and the community. Held Nov. 18 at Lynnwood Convention Center, the Gala included live music, dinner, as well as silent and live auctions that raised more than $420,000 to support the funding of charity care and a major expansion of cancer services at Swedish Edmonds.

A new two-story, medical oncology facility on the hospital’s campus, as well as renovation of the adjacent existing radiation therapy center, will provide comprehensive cancer-care services close to home for residents of Edmonds and other communities in north King and south Snohomish counties. The new cancer facility is on schedule to open in 2012.

Women Invited to Unique, Complimentary Breast Health Event Oct. 25 at the New Swedish Hospital Campus in Issaquah

Swedish News

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk Raises $930,000 for Cancer Research and Patients

Swedish News

Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Swedish Launches Two New Clinical Trials to Treat Brain Cancer

Swedish News

KUOW Radio Airs Pieces on CyberKnife for Breast Cancer at Swedish, New Directions in Cancer Care

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