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BRITISH BREAST CANCER EXPERT NAMED TO LEAD STANFORD
Dr. Alastair Elliot Kirkpatrick, regarded as one of Great Britain's
leading authorities on mammography, has been named to a one-year
appointment as head of Stanford University Medical Center's
mammography patient program.
Mammography screening, which involves a breast X-ray, is
recommended by the American Cancer Society as a diagnostic tool for
breast cancer, which attacks some one in nine U.S. women during
lifetimes. Generally, women are encouraged by the ACS to receive a
baseline mammogram between ages 35 and 39, followed by annual or once
every two year screenings between ages 40 and 49, and then a yearly exam after age 50.
Dr. Gary M. Glazer, chairman of the medical school's Department of
Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, said Kirkpatrick is expected to
begin heading the mammography section as a consulting professor on Aug.
1. A 1964 medical school graduate of Edinburgh University, Kirkpatrick
currently serves as director of the South East of Scotland Breast
Kirkpatrick succeeds Dr. Ingvar Andersson, another international
figure in mammography and breast disease management, who came to
Stanford for six months from Malmo General Hospital in Sweden to expand
the mammography program.
Glazer noted in a letter announcing the appointment that the
Stanford mammogram service offers a variety of specialized services,
including fine needle biopsy, a post-mammography followup technique in
which tissue is collected using a thin needle instead of surgery.
To receive a patient information pamphlet or to schedule an
appointment, call (415) 725-6721.
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