Dr. Sharon Grundy, a featured speaker at talk on breast cancer

Dr. Sharon Grundy, a featured speaker at talk on breast cancer

A study published last November in the New England Journal of Medicine presented evidence that benefits of regular mammogram screenings have been oversold to women, reigniting a controversy over who should receive breast cancer screenings and when.

On Wednesday, March 13, three area doctors will tackle this hot topic in a one-hour talk entitled “Controversies in Breast Cancer Screening.”

The program begins with Medical Director of the Telluride Medical Center, Dr. Sharon Grundy‘s presentation on breast cancer screening guidelines, who wrote them and why.

Following Dr. Grundy will be Dr. Allen J. Solomon, a distinguished retired radiologist. Dr. Solomon will illuminate breast cancer screening imaging, a constantly evolving and exciting field.

Dr. Nancy Kerr, a  Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Assistant Professor of the Department of Ob/GYN at the University of New Mexico, will discuss who pays for breast cancer screenings, what is included and where screenings can be facilitated.

The program will include a Question and Answer session.

“We get a lot of questions about breast cancer screenings and like anywhere, our community needs to stay informed and aware of breast cancer. Early detection saves lives,” said Gordon Reichard, executive director of the Telluride Medical Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aside from some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity. Breast cancer is also the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and American Indian and Alaska Native women.

In 2009, the latest year data is available, 211,731 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 women died from breast cancer.

Again, “Controversies in Breast Cancer Screening,” will be held on Wednesday at the Wilkinson Public Library‘s Program Room. The event is a free and sponsored by the Telluride Medical Center, Telluride Rotary, and Wilkinson Public Library.

Meet and greet with presenters at 5:30 p.m.;presentation at 6 p.m.


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