That’s how far swimmers at this year’s Swim Across America event swam to raise money to support cancer research, prevention, and treatment at SCCA. On Saturday, September 6, 233 swimmers took the early morning plunge into Lake Washington for a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, and 2 mile swim. So far, the event has raised over $241,000 and counting (it’s not too late to contribute!). See the Seattle SAA Flickr page for pictures from this year’s event. And be sure to check out the Swim Across America website for results of the individuals and teams who helped to make this year’s swim a success.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, both on land and in the water! See you at next year’s swim—September 12!
Prostate cancer survivor Tabb Morgan participated in a clinical study at SCCA.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Tabb Morgan, who was treated for prostate cancer at SCCA, hopes that his experience with prostate cancer will not only increase the understanding of the disease, but will help improve the treatment options for the next generation.
Tabb Morgan’s father died from prostate cancer at age 62. When he was faced with a rapidly rising PSA and a biopsy confirming his prostate cancer diagnosis at age 40, he was determined not to let history repeat itself. Tabb was treated with three months of hormone therapy at SCCA, followed by a radical prostatectomy at UW Medical Center. He participated in a clinical trial that helped doctors understand how prostate cancers are affected by hormone therapy. While he wishes there had been more awareness of prostate cancer when his father was diagnosed, Tabb hopes that by participating in clinical research, he contributed to helping advance the understanding of the disease so that his sons can avoid a future diagnosis or, if diagnosed, will have an easier cure available. Read more about Tabb’s diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment at SCCA.
SCCA’s Prostate Oncology Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating prostate cancer, offering patients the full spectrum of treatments, including new options available through clinical studies. Learn more about prostate cancer on the SCCA website, including information about early detection of the disease.
The Wings of Karen 5k Bra Dash is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Maple Valley’s Lake Wilderness Park. All of the funds raised at this lively, family friendly event will fund promising breast cancer research at SCCA, UW Medicine, and Fred Hutch and Team SCCA is excited to once again participate.
Bra Dash participants are encouraged to wear a bra over their race day shirt and toss it triumphantly at the finish line. The park will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and pre-race festivities, including a Pink Carpet Walk for Bra Dash participants to show off their race-day bras. Any participants who are due for their annual mammograms can visit the SCCA MammoVan, which will be providing screening mammograms from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 206-288-7800 to make an appointment.
Wings of Karen’s mission is to fund the study of all aspects of breast cancer, including prevention, detection, and treatment. Last March, Wings of Karen awarded its first grant of $30,000 to SCCA to fund a pilot program looking at new methods of detecting breast cancer in young women. To date, the organization has granted more than a quarter million dollars to breast cancer research in the Pacific Northwest.
SCCA is grateful to Wings of Karen for their continued support of groundbreaking breast cancer research. Show your support for research and join us at this year’s Bra Dash.
Craig Pollard and Will Ferrell
SCCA is proud to partner with comedy icon Will Ferrell for a fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall. The charity event benefits Cancer for College, and will raise money to provide college scholarships to cancer survivors in the Pacific Northwest. At the event, Will Ferrell will share the stage with his long-time friend and cancer survivor Craig Pollard, who underwent treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 15 and had a bone marrow transplant at age 19.
For children and young adults who are undergoing cancer treatment, big-picture plans like attending college take a back seat to battling their disease. Pollard founded Cancer for College in 1994 to help young cancer survivors reach their goal of a college education. Since its inception, Cancer for College has provided over $1.75 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 cancer survivors.
Tickets for the Seattle event are on sale now via the Cancer for College website. In addition to his appearance next week, Ferrell is also using his celebrity to raise awareness and funds in the gamer community. Learn more at www.willferrellhatescancer.org, or checkout the video below.
Here’s a quick summary of notable recent health and cancer news:
Double Mastectomies Don’t Yield Expected Results
The Guardian reports on a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA ) that showed no survival benefit for women who chose bilateral mastectomy over other more conservative treatments. The study examined the records of nearly 190,000 women who were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and found that women who opted for a double mastectomy had a 81.2 percent ten-year survival rate versus a survival rate of 83.2 percent for those women had a lumpectomy. Read the abstract of the JAMA study here.
A Film, a Recommendation, and an Award
Mary-Claire King is back in the news this week; first with a rather provocative proposal that recommends all women aged 30 or older be screened for cancer-causing genetic mutations; and second, as winner of Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. King is a geneticist and professor at the University of Washington. In 1990, she discovered the “breast cancer gene” (BRCA1) and, in doing so, changed how researchers came to view genetics and cancer. Dr. King’s screening recommendation was published this week in JAMA, and both The New York Times and NPR provide some context about her proposal and why it’s controversial. See the Lasker Foundation website for an interview with Dr. King. And in case you missed it, Dr. King was also the subject of a Hollywood film, Decoding Annie Parker, which opened earlier this year to favorable reviews.
In Other Health and Cancer News
A Fred Hutch study concludes that wearing a bra doesn’t cause breast cancer. The End of Tanning? The Atlantic offers a fascinating article on tanning, the industry, the history of tanning, and how the “drumbeat of skin-cancer coverage” is starting to make tanning passé.