WSJ: Early detection of breast cancer backed by U.K. study

This article can be found at wsj.com By MELINDA BECK Dec. 4, 2015  Detecting and treating an early form of breast cancer lowers the number of invasive breast cancers found over the next three years, according to a study of 5.2 million U.K. women. The study, published on Friday in the journal Lancet Oncology, provides reassurance that early cancer detection is beneficial amid growing concern that it also leads to unnecessary treatment, the researchers said. Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, involves clusters of abnormal cells confined to the milk ducts of the breast. It was seldom seen before mammograms came into widespread use in the 1980s but now accounts for nearly one-quarter of all breast cancers detected by screening—some 60,000 cases a year in the U.S. Some experts argue that DCIS shouldn’t be labeled cancer at all, since it’s unclear whether it will spread outside the milk ducts. Yet virtually all DCIS cases are treated as if they were cancer, with lumpectomies, with or without radiation, or mastectomies. Since DCIS is seldom left untreated, there is little data on how many cases would become invasive cancers, although some estimates suggest that as few as 20% progress. In the latest study, researchers at Queen Mary University of London analyzed records of 5.2 million women ages 50 to 64 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who had mammograms between 2003 and 2007. In 90% of the local screening areas, for every three cases of DCIS detected and treated, one fewer case of invasive cancer was diagnosed in the following three years than would have been without early intervention, the study found....

“Our Community, Your Choice” returns Four non-profit nominees vie to win $2,000 in cash prizes

Breast Diagnostic Center has opened the “Our Community, Your Choice” polls once again for area non-profits. The company will award two winners a first and second place cash prize. “Our Community, Your Choice,” a people’s choice contest, is brought to Federal Way, Auburn and surrounding communities by the independent mammography clinic Breast Diagnostic Center. The company believes the best way to positively impact our communities is by supporting the non-profits that serve the area. “Our Community, Your Choice” is designed to give the power to choose the winning organizations to Breast Diagnostic patients and the community at large.   Breast Diagnostic staff members nominated four local non-profits for the contest. Nominees include 2014 winners Angel Wings Foundation and the Auburn Food Bank, as well as newcomers FUSION – Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy and Communities in Schools of Federal Way. Staff have always sought to choose organizations that directly impact the communities Breast Diagnostic serves. This year’s nominees positively impact the lives of kids, adults and families in their respective neighborhoods, making a difference on a hyper local level. The first place winner will receive $1,500 and second place will be awarded $500.   Communities in Schools of Federal Way is focused on dropout prevention, in line with the national CIS organization’s mission. Students from the Federal Way School District are surrounded by a community of support both inside and outside of the classroom, through a network of CIS affiliates, site coordinators and collaborative partners. In 2014, CIS Federal Way assisted 8,350 students, making a major impact on the community. To learn more about CIS...