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November 19, 2009

A New Research Question


There is a new study out this week that is causing waves in medical circles. A federal task force is raising new questions about the need for breast cancer screening, particularly mammograms for younger women. That is a big shift in the national conversation about breast cancer.

Carolyn Sartor is well versed in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. She is the former head of the department of radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She's the one who used to give the news to patients. Then she got breast cancer herself. Three times. Suddenly she was both doctor and patient, dealing with the very disease that is her specialty. Carolyn joins Dick Gordon to talk about how her perspective as a patient has begun to change her research questions.



Elon University is a small school in the town of Burlington, North Carolina. It is home to the Pericles Scholars program, where students are encouraged to learn more about the rest of the world. This time last year, our Baghdad reporter Ahmed Fadaam was working with those scholars, giving them his first hand accounts of life in Iraq. Later today, Elon will unveil a statue that Ahmed created there. Ahmed calls the piece Civilization. It's a notable piece because Ahmed had been a sculptor and art teacher before the war, but for five years Ahmed had given up making art. 

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