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Leading DC Medical Organization and DC Physicians Urge Women to Receive Testing For Breast Cancer

Friday, October 26, 2018  
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Leading D.C. Medical Organization and District Physicians Urge Women to Receive Testing For Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The District Has Highest Rate of Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Death in the Country

WASHINGTON (October 26, 2018) – The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), Washington, D.C.’s leading physicians group, today urged women across the District to talk to their doctor about the importance of screening and treatment for breast cancer as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is recognized nation-wide in the month of October.

Preventive action is especially important for Washingtonians. Washington, D.C. currently has the highest rate of breast cancer diagnosis and mortality for breast cancer nationwide,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most effective way to improve a patient’s prognosis and decrease mortality is through effective screening to ensure the earliest possible treatment, particularly for more aggressive varieties of breast cancer.

“Early detection of breast cancer is the best way to help patients live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Raymond Tu, MD, MS, FACR, president of MSDC. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps raise the profile of a disease that is estimated to take over 40,000 lives in 2018 but for which medical advances in screening and treatment have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives.” The most effective way to improve a patient’s prognosis and decrease mortality is through effective screening to ensure the earliest possible treatment, particularly for more aggressive varieties of breast cancer.

“As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, it’s incredibly important that women – especially those with a family history of breast cancer or who are otherwise at increased risk – are receiving the care they need. This includes additional screening for women with dense breast tissue, which can make it more difficult to detect cancers by mammography. Preventive care goes beyond just screening for cancer. For women with metastatic breast cancer, where a cancer diagnosis has spread beyond the breast to lymph nodes and other parts of the body, it’s critical that physicians and patients work together to determine a patient’s risk and appropriate treatment,” said MSDC executive vice president Robert Hay Jr.

In addition to passing a bill to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Council of the District of Columbia recently introduced the Breast Density Screening and Notification Act of 2018, which would require increased reporting for mammograms that show high breast density, and require insurers to fully cover certain services related to breast cancer screening. MSDC applauds the Council for these steps to help and support breast cancer patients and improve access to life-saving cancer screening.

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Media Contacts:
Pia Duryea
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
duryea@msdc.org
(202) 355-9414

About the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC)
With over 2,600 members, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District of Columbia. The Medical Society was founded in 1817, and it is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of physicians and their patients in metropolitan Washington. For more information, visit msdc.org.
                                                           
See Press Release pdf.


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