Dr. Grant-Whyte: Saving one priceless life is all I ask

Nancy Cappello, breast cancer activist, is dead at 66. (New York Times)

On Nov. 15, 2018, Nancy Cappello PhD, a most remarkable woman, died from complications of metastatic breast cancer.

Self-explanatory, in that it reinforces the importance of adding ultrasound to routine mammography.

Dr. Ian Grant-Whyte

However adding separate ultrasound to the D3 mammography machine will be an expensive major undertaking.

There is a combination mammography ultrasound machine, the D3 AB US which when developed according to Harvard Radiology Prof. Dan Kopans, the inventor of the D3, and a world authority on breast imaging, will be fully capable of discovering up to 95 percent of early curable breast cancers in women with and without dense breast tissue.

There are several reasons why it is vitally important to fund this lifesaving combination machine.

It will make it technically easier for radiologists to read the images, and thus avoid possible diagnostic errors.

It will find many breast cancers in the 40 percent of women who have dense breast tissue that are not demonstrable on D3 alone.

It will reduce the number of “false negative” mammography reports and thereby save countless women’s lives.

It reduces the anxious waiting period for the second test result.

It would be cheaper than two separate tests.

I have written articles to medical magazines, newspapers and made videos at the request of the Maricopa County Medical Society in an attempt to secure funding without success.

My sole objective has been and is to save women’s lives from premature deaths from breast cancer.

“To Cure/treat a breast cancer or any cancer, one must first find it.” (Otis Brawley A. C. S.)

The elusive cure(s) may be many years away, hence the tremendous importance of developing the D3 AB US combination mammography machine capable of finding up to 95 percent of early, curable breast cancers in women with and without dense breast tissue.

The development of this life saving machine has been in limbo far too long, to the detriment of countless numbers of women.

Editor’s Note: Ian Grant-Whyte MA MD(Cambridge) is retired. He is a resident of Scottsdale.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable. Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the arrow in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment