Michael Simon, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2015 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation McDevitt Excellence in Research Award for Physicians in the area of clinical research. He was chosen as the award recipient for his study of mammography use and breast cancer mortality in women 75 years and older. His article, "Mammography interval and breast cancer mortality in women over the age of 75," appeared in the November 2014 issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Dr. Simon published this work in collaboration with several WHI investigators, including: Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Cynthia Thomson, Roberta Ray, F. Allan Hubbell, Lawrence Lessin, Dorothy Lane, and Lew Kuller.
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the
relationship between mammography interval and breast cancer mortality
among older women with breast cancer. Study results suggested that the
longer the time between diagnosis and the last self-reported mammogram
was associated with higher rates of mortality due to either breast
cancer or any cause of death. The
suggested relationship between mammography interval and breast cancer
mortality is particularly relevant for women 75 years of age or older at
diagnosis in light of the 2009 U.S. Preventative Services Task Force
recommendations, which reported a lack of evidence as a support for not
performing screening mammography after the age of 74. The
results of the study suggest a continued role for mammography screening
after the age of 75 years in light of the overall health of the
The award provided Dr. Simon with $10,000 to be used for clinical or health policy research.
SOURCE Karmanos Cancer Institute