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Daily Business Report — Nov. 30, 2009

Scripps Task Force Issues Breast Cancer Recommendations

The Scripps Breast Cancer Task Force recommends that women continue to follow the same “gold standard” screening mammography guidelines supported by the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiologists and the American College of Surgeons. The task force made the recommendation after reviewing the proposed guidelines for breast cancer screening set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The guidelines recommended by the Scripps task force include:

• Monthly breast self-exams beginning at age 20.

• Annual clinical breast exams with a physician or other health care practitioner.

• Baseline mammogram at age 40 followed by annual screening mammograms.  

• Discussion of individual needs and concerns with a physician if a woman is at greater risk due to a personal or family history of the disease

“The recent Preventive Services Task Force guidelines have created concern and confusion for Scripps patients and other women throughout the country,” said William Stanton, chair of the Scripps Network Cancer Program. “We strongly urge our patients to address their individual needs and concerns directly with their physicians.”

The Scripps Breast Cancer Task Force acknowledges the additional financial cost for screening mammograms beginning at age 40 instead of 50. However, since 28 percent of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer at Scripps are under the age of 50, the Scripps Task Force weighs that cost against the number of lives that are potentially saved by beginning screening mammograms at age 40.

“We looked closely at these new findings and the methodology behind them, as we do all new research,” said Paul Goldfarb, chair of the Scripps Breast Cancer Task Force. “Yet, we still believe that clinical breast exams coupled with annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40, give most women the best chance for detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most curable stage.”

 

Freedom Alliance Director Receives Molly Pitcher Award

Jennifer Ohman, Freedom Alliance’s operations director for Western region programs, has received the Molly Pitcher Award from the 11th Marines HG Battery for her efforts to honor Marine Corps field artillery. The award is given to women who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Air Defense Artillery Community. The award ceremony was part of the Marine Corps birthday celebration ball for the 11th Marines HQ Battery. The event was held at the Pala Hotel and Casino. Ohman has been involved in numerous troop appreciation events around the country. She recently helped organize welcome home events for sailors returning from deployments on the USS Thach, USS Kidd and the USS Preble. In October she distributed gift certificates to the Target Acquisition Platoon of the 11th Marine Regiment after their return from a seven-month deployment. 

The Molly Pitcher award is named after a woman who carried pitcher after pitcher of water across the battlefield to exhausted and thirsty soldiers at the Battle of Monmouth during the American Revolutionary War. She is also credited with taking up the post of her wounded husband at the artillery gun he was assigned to fire.

 

Advertising Club Holds Holiday Mixer

The San Diego Advertising Club is bringing together nine other marketing‑related networking groups for the sixth annual communications industry holiday mixer called “Mingle Bells,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Belo in the Gaslamp, 919 Fourth Ave., in Downtown San Diego. The party, which is open to the public, will feature music, food and raffle drawings. Cost to attend is $45 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting the Ad Club at (619) 225-2281. Besides Ad Club members, attendees at Mingle Bells will include members of Ad2 San Diego, Advertising Photographers of America, American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Marketing Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Media Communications Association International, Printing Industries Association of San Diego, San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies and San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association. Proceeds will benefit SAFE, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to local advertising professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency.

 

Federal Contract Awards

Stedman & Dyson Structural Engineers, San Diego, won a federal contract valued at up to $20 million from the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, for structural engineering services. Places of performance will be in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Rick’s Machine Shop, Santee, Calif., won a $51,563 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, San Diego, for engines, turbines and components.

The LJE Co., Coronado, Calif., won a $25,695.51 federal contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command, San Diego, for gym equipment.

Raytheon Co., San Diego, won an $8,652,919 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for the maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment.

(Source: Targeted News Service)

 

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