Dr. Ulissey October Reporter: Majority of physicians urge regular mammograms

Q. I was chatting with a patient about the American Cancer Society guidelines on yearly screening mammography and she asked me if doctors practice what they preach. A. In the case of mammograms and early detection, the answer was an overwhelming “yes.” Answering that exact question, a research article was published last June in one of the most respected Radiology journals, “American Journal of Roentgenology.” The researchers found over 98 percent of physicians who specialize in mammography recommend the test on a yearly basis to friends, family and patients. The statistics held up regardless of whether the doctor was male or female. Female physicians 40 and older who specialize in mammography get their checkup yearly and both genders recommend yearly checkups to their patients, family members and friends. As I reflect on why this is, I think it is because we, as doctors who specialize in early detection, see how well our patients do when we identify a small cancer and make it a manageable detour in her life, versus when we care for a patient who has not had regular checkups and now is faced with a poor outcome from a larger cancer that could have been caught earlier. I think dealing with those scenarios on a daily basis drives physicians to practice what we preach. Read More on Auburn Reporter Online  Learn more about Dr....

Take a run, or walk, scavenge for prizes at Road Runner Kent October 15th

The Breast Diagnostic team will be joining the crew at Road Runner Sports in Kent on October 15th for the Adventure Run. As we honor Breast Cancer Awareness month with our Empowered for Life events, a run and scavenger hunt fits right in. Whether you choose to run or walk, this is a fun way to get active, connect with new and old friends and have a chance to win prizes! Register Today! It’s Free!...

Fife Free Press and Milton-Edgewood Signal: Breast Diagnostic patients empowered for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Diagnostic Center and Valley Girls & Guys team up to encourage early detection of breast cancer this October during the Empowered for Life month-long event. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws near, Breast Diagnostic Center is finalizing plans to dedicate October to inspiring women to take charge of their health while supporting a local non-profit. “Empowered for Life: Women Standing Up for Early Detection” is a month-long event created to educate women on the value of annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and raise awareness for the importance of early breast cancer detection. This theme is not just an annual message at Breast Diagnostic, which opened in 1980. Drs. Tim Blackwelder and Mike Ulissey reiterate the critical importance of early detection on a regular basis; both doctors speak to community organizations and business groups as part of the company’s education and outreach program. Dr. Ulissey says, “Early detection saves lives. Yearly mammograms save more lives.” Breast Diagnostic was the first center in the region to offer 3D mammography to all patients and leads the industry in patient-focused care. Read more in the Fife Free Press and Milton-Edgewood Signal...

Breast Diagnostic Patients Empowered for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Breast Diagnostic Center and Valley Girls & Guys team up to encourage early detection of breast cancer this October during the Empowered for Life month-long event. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws near, Breast Diagnostic Center is finalizing plans to dedicate October 2015 to inspiring women to take charge of their health while supporting a local non-profit. Empowered for Life: Women Standing Up for Early Detection is a month-long event created to educate women on the value of annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and raise awareness for the importance of early breast cancer detection. This theme is not just an annual message at Breast Diagnostic, which opened in 1980. Drs. Tim Blackwelder and Mike Ulissey reiterate the critical importance of early detection on a regular basis; both doctors speak to community organizations and business groups as part of the company’s education and outreach program. Dr. Ulissey says, “Early detection saves lives. Yearly mammograms save more lives.” Breast Diagnostic was the first center in the region to offer 3D mammography to all patients and leads the industry in patient-focused care. Empowered for Life runs October 1 through 31 at Breast Diagnostic’s Federal Way and Auburn offices. Patients who come in for any exam during the month will be entered to win a prize for taking a proactive approach to health. Additionally, paper dolls will be available for purchase to either honor or remember a loved one who has faced breast cancer. Paper dolls are $1.00 to display in a Breast Diagnostic office or $5.00 for a feature on the company’s website and social media channels. All proceeds will be...

August Auburn Reporter: Dr. Blackwelder on hormones and the risk of breast cancer

Recently, a patient asked, “Do women who are on post-menopausal hormone replacement have a higher risk of breast cancer?” The short answer is yes, but minimal. It depends on the type of hormone and length of hormone use. The most common type of post-menopausal hormone therapy is estrogen only, and you must be on estrogen 5-10 years for it to increase your risk. If you stop taking hormones, you will soon return to normal risk. Combined therapy with estrogen and progesterone, which is less common, carries a somewhat greater risk. How do you categorize normal and high risk? When health care personnel talk about breast cancer risk, it is most often in terms of lifetime risk. You have heard that one out of eight women in the United States will get breast cancer during her lifetime, which means that lifetime risk is 12.5 percent. We speak of intermediate risk as lifetime risk of 15-20 percent, and high risk is lifetime risk greater than 20 percent. Read...