College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 23, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538


Carolyn Barth
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7185

Breast Cancer Early Detection Tools Help Save Lives

College of American Pathologists Offers Web Sites

Northfield, IL.—It could be your mother, sister, or best friend. Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. This statistic combined with the estimate that more than 182,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2008, and nearly 41,000 women will die from the disease this year, makes breast cancer the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer.

That’s why the College of American Pathologists developed two Web sites— and These two tools work together for the “one, two punch” of early detection plus accurate information to help women fight breast cancer in its earliest stages armed with credible, expert advice from leading pathologists. If breast cancer is diagnosed, a pathologist will work collaboratively with a woman’s oncologist and primary care physician to assist with treatment plans for each patient’s individual needs. Currently, includes information on some of the most common types of breast cancer, including invasive ductal carcinoma, invasive lobular carcinoma, ductal carcinoma in situ, and lobular carcinoma in situ. It addresses such questions as, “How does the pathologist diagnose breast cancer?” and “What questions should I ask my doctor?”

Each page on and was developed by pathologists—pathologists are the physicians who diagnose breast cancer and other diseases by examining tissues and cells and assist with making treatment decisions. The pages include answers to questions about breast cancer, lists of available treatment options, a glossary of key terms, and pictures of normal and diseased tissues, among other features. serves as an easy tool to prevent missing a mammogram.

“As a pathologist, I diagnose breast cancer everyday in the laboratory and know that early detection of breast cancer saves lives. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with breast cancer, I encourage you to visit to receive accurate and credible information on this disease,” said Tara N. Evans, MD, cytopathology fellow at Barnes Jewish Hospital, which is part of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

All of the information available on the College’s Web sites is featured in three formats: HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word. In addition to information about breast cancer, visitors to the site can also find information on more than 30 of the other most common cancer diseases and cancer-related conditions, including those affecting the lungs, colon, prostate, and skin, among others.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.