BC Stock ImageI hope the title of this post didn’t offend you, but I really needed to get your attention, and fortunately it worked.

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was held earlier this month. Among a myriad of important presentations were twin studies conducted by the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, Forida.

The Mayo study proves that “MRI can detect tumors missed by traditional exams.” Researchers went on to indicate that the extra time gained by early detection can be helpful in choosing the right course of treatment.

As reported by SpiritIndia, the first-of-its-kind study compared traditional mammography (side-by-side as it were) with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Shocking to this observer, the MRI found tumors missed by the old mammogram in 16% of the 390 patients.

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Laura Vallow said, “This is an important finding because breast cancer tends to be more aggressive when diagnosed in younger women.” Dr. Vallow, the study’s lead investigator also said, “This suggests that younger women who want breast-conserving surgery to treat newly diagnosed cancer may benefit from an MRI scan of the entire breast.”

Although breast cancer rates appear to be declining, the MRI news comes at a good time since a Reuters report citing statements made by Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel of the City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, California calls genetics-based risk models into question. Weitzel cites numerous flaws in the current model including the impact of family size on the number of occurrences.

It’s true. I do have my own selfish reasons for supporting breast cancer research. I am, after all the father of four girls.

For additional information about this disease, its symptoms, prevention methods, cure research, or ways you can help, please visit:

The Susan G. Komen Foundation


The National Breast Cancer Foundation

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