Thirty-Two Days Until Obliteride

ObliterideLogoObliteride is on the horizon, and it’s not too late to sign up, get in shape, and start fundraising. Doing so helps raise money that accelerates lifesaving, breakthrough research at a time when Fred Hutch needs it the most.

You don’t have to a professional–or even a proficient–cyclist to participate. This year’s Obliteride offers five different rides, including one for kids. You can ride by yourself, join a team, or start your own. You also have a choice of four routes at 25, 50, 100, and 150 miles, all of which take you through some of the best parts of the Puget Sound area.

But if you’re not one for two wheels, you can still get involved by either volunteering or donating to a rider or team. Looking for someone to donate to? We’d suggest the SCCA team. (You can also ride or volunteer as a part of our team.)

trainingwheelsPS: If you’re one of those who is not so sure that cars and bikes belong on the road together, you might be interested in this report: FOX News recently listed the safest cities for bicyclists and Seattle ranked number three in the country, according to data collected by the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

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    Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Dense Breasts

    Last month, Joan Lunden, a former co-host of “Good Morning America,” learned she had triple-negative breast cancer. Her cancer was found on a screening ultrasound–because of dense breast tissue, it wasn’t picked up on her annual mammogram.

    While we know that screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality by detecting breast cancer at earlier stages, the details of screening recommendations can be confusing—when to start, how often to screen, and, for some women, whether tests beyond mammography would be helpful.

    In the video below, SCCA’s Dr. Janie Lee discusses the problem that dense breast tissue presents in detecting cancer as well as some new screening technologies that are being developed:

    SCCA just opened a new study that compares multiple breast cancer screening tests in women with dense breast tissue. It’s called the Screening Tomosynthesis and Automated Breast Ultrasound Research (STAR) study. Two new technologies under investigation in the study are digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and automated breast ultrasound (3D ultrasound), which will be compared with standard digital mammography. The STAR study results will provide women and their doctors with additional information to guide decisions about supplemental breast cancer screening. It will also expand our knowledge in estimating the need for supplemental imaging in women with dense breasts and additional risk factors.

    If you have dense breast tissue and would like more information about taking part in this study, including eligibility requirements and incentives, see the Screening Tomosynthesis and Automated Breast Ultrasound Research (STAR) study on our website or call SCCA at (206) 288-6321.

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      Speed-Crabbing for SCCA

      speedcrabbing-110If you’ve got a boat and are looking for something a little different to do this summer that also benefits cancer research here at SCCA, consider participating in the Second Annual Puget Sound Speed-Crabbing Derby on July 19. Not sure what speed-crabbing is? Check out this video:

      For every pound of crab caught, this year’s sponsors will contribute $2.50 to SCCA. It costs nothing to enter and, if you set your traps right, you’ll not only benefit SCCA, but bring home the best dinner you’ll have all summer. The Puget Sound Speed-Crabbing Derby starts at the Everett Marina at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. See the speed-crabbing website for registration information, rules, and other details.

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        SCCA Shows Its Pride

        united-we-prideThis year is the 40th year of Seattle Pride, and Team SCCA will show its pride by participating in Sunday’s Seattle Pride Parade. This year’s theme is “Generations of Pride,” which honors those who fought early battles for equality and recognizing those who continue to advocate for the LGBTQ community.

        This is the fifth year that SCCA has joined the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. at Fourth Avenue and Union Street and proceeds to Second Avenue and Denny Way, near the Seattle Center. The parade’s Celebrity Grand Marshal George Takei will join local and regional advocates and special guests for the parade. Check out the parade route, and be sure to look for SCCA marchers in green “United We Pride” T-shirts.

        The parade is one of many Pride events taking place during the weekend, and SCCA is proud to take part in the celebration. See you Sunday!

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          Living Well With CLL Forum: Coming in July

          patient-empowerment-netNext month on Saturday, July 26, the Patient Empowerment Network and SCCA will host an interactive forum–Living Well With CLL– for anyone who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The goal is to help patients stay informed about the latest research and treatment options for CLL, provide strategies for dealing with symptoms and side effects, and connect with the CLL community in the Seattle area. The forum will feature a patient panel and presentations by SCCA’s Drs. David Maloney and John Pagel. The event will be hosted by Patient Power’s Andrew Schorr, who has been living with CLL since 1996.

          This event is free to CLL patients and families and caregivers–but you must register to attend. Check here for registration and other information about the event, including the day’s agenda.

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