‘Flawed’ Mammogram Study to Be Tackled at Miami Breast Cancer Conference
Physicians’ Education Resource’s Premier Conference to Include ‘The Great Mammography Debate’
PLAINSBORO, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER), the go-to source for excellence in continuing medical education, announced today that “The Great Mammography Debate” has been added to the 31st Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference® agenda, in light of a controversial study that suggests mammograms do not reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer. Registration is open for the conference, which will be hosted at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach March 6-9, 2014.
“This information has women across America scratching their heads”
The Canadian National Breast Screening Study, released on Feb. 11, has come under widespread fire for claiming that “annual mammography in women aged 40 to 59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available.”
Dr. Patrick Borgen, Chairman of the Miami Breast Cancer Conference and Chairman of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, is calling into question the validity of this research and has now added the debate to the conference’s agenda.
“This information has women across America scratching their heads,” said Dr. Borgen. “What we know is that this study is outrageous and probably the single most flawed trial in the history of mammography trials.”
Given the controversy of the study’s findings, physicians everywhere are facing new concerns from patients who are questioning the need for mammograms. As such, Dr. Borgen and other members of the Miami Breast Cancer Conference’s esteemed faculty aim to tackle that issue.
“I believe this report may give some women a reason to not get a mammogram, so physicians are going to face questions,” said Dr. Borgen. “At the Miami Breast Cancer Conference, we are going to discuss how to explain to patients why mammograms are still important, among many other topics.”
For 31 years, the Miami Breast Cancer Conference has been bringing together a multi-disciplinary faculty of internationally recognized experts in breast cancer, including surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and translational researchers to foster an integrated team approach to the management of patients with breast cancer.
The two main themes at this year’s Miami Breast Cancer Conference are (1) personalizing care — matching the treatment to the patient, and (2) quality of life both for the patient and the doctor.
PER is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide learning opportunities for physicians. Incorporating instructional design with principles of adult learning, PER plans, develops, implements and evaluates educational opportunities, including multiday congresses, one-day update conferences, regional meetings, online case discussions and faculty dialogues. These educational activities enable health care professionals to remain current and responsive to advances in medical care for cancer patients, from diagnosis through treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
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