College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 3, 2011

Contact: Julie Monzo


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Global Study: New Breast Cancer Cases Rises: Pathologists Advise: Early Detection Saves Lives

College of American Pathologists Offers Patient Tools through Websites( and

Northfield, IL.—In the first global review of breast cancer, researchers estimate that the number of new breast cancer cases rose from about 640,000 in 1980 to 1.6 million worldwide in 2010, according to a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

“As a physician who specializes in pathology, I know that about 50,000 of the 230,000 new cases diagnosed this year in the United States will be found at a very early stage, offering more than 95 percent chance of survival over ten years,” said Alexis B.Carter, MD, FCAP, a board-certified pathologist in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Treatment depends on accurate pathologic diagnosis. As a pathologist, I know that it is often helpful for a woman to see a copy of her pathology report in order to understand exactly what the pathologist has diagnosed. The information in the report will help determine the best type of local and systemic treatment,” Dr. Carter explained.

The College of American Pathologists has developed a website, that provides clear, easy-to-understand explanations of medical terms and possible therapies for breast cancer. The site also offers tips on how to read your pathology report.

As a way to detect breast cancer early, mammograms are recommended as an annual screening for women over 40. To help women remember to schedule a mammogram, the College of American Pathologists has developed a website called

“This October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Take time to schedule important health screenings, including mammograms,” Dr. Carter recommends. “Suggest your mother, sister, and best friend do the same. Early detection saves lives and is more important than ever.”

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.