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Taking mammogram education to our neighborhood streets

In 2014, we made a shocking discovery. While analyzing the data for women who came to our hospital for breast cancer treatment between 2006 and 2011, we found that nearly 22 percent of them had stage 3 or 4 breast cancers—nearly double the national average of 10.5 percent. Most of these women were African-American, and 54 percent of them lived in the District of Columbia. And of these D.C. residents, 40 percent of them lived in Ward 5, our hospital’s neighborhood. But what baffled us the most was that 97 percent of the Ward 5 patients with advanced breast cancer…

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Receives Pathway to Excellence® Designation

First Acute Care Facility in the District to Achieve DesignationWashington, D.C., October 19, 2017 – MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the first acute care hospital in the nation’s capital to achieve the prestigious Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The designation identifies the Hospital Center as one of the best places for nurses to work. The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted only to hospitals that have created a work environment where nurses’ contributions are valued, professional development is supported, and nurses are integral to decision-making. “We are extremely proud…

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Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? What Women Need to Know

Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? What Women Need to KnowWashington, D.C., September 27, 2017 - A handful of multi-million dollar jury awards to women who used baby powder with talcum, and later were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, has highlighted a decades-old question: Does talcum powder really cause ovarian cancer?   Louis Dainty, MD, regional director of gynecologic oncology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says even though the scientific data is very weak, women should not take the risk, however slight. Because there is the potential for a very small increased risk of ovarian cancer with the use of talcum powder,…

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How Doctors are Screening Smarter for Prostate Cancer

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 - The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is one of the best screening tools for prostate cancer. While there’s no doubt this simple blood test has saved lives over the years, it’s not perfect. There’s been a lot of debate over who should be screened and when—and whether men should be screened at all. Since the PSA test became widely available in the late 1980s, deaths related to prostate cancer began to decrease. In fact, mortality rates fell nearly 40 percent between the early 1990s and 2008. However, there also have been some negatives associated with…

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