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Format: 04/24/2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Breast cancer experts stand by mammogram advice

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Jill Daly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Breast surgeon Donald Keenan at West Penn Hospital emphasizes the importance of mammograms, even in light of the Oct. 21 Journal of the American Medical Association article challenging the beliefs that breast cancer screening is responsible for reduced death rates.

"It's good that the information is out there, but [like any piece of information], it has to be interpreted," he said.

"The benefits of mammograms may have been slightly overstated. They don't necessarily help everybody." But that form of screening will transition to something else, he predicted.

He cited the progress that's already been made in treating breast cancer, arising from work done by the city's medical community.

"Norman Wolmark and Tom Julian are world-renowned names outside of Allegheny County," he said. Dr. Wolmark is chairman and principal investigator of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the research consortium based at Allegheny General Hospital and mostly funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Julian, surgeon, researcher and educator, is associate director of the Allegheny Breast Center. He has also been a principal investigator for many breast cancer clinical trials.

To read the rest of the story, please visit this link to the Post-Gazette. 

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