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Media Advisory 11-025

Webcast Advisory: Early Breast Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Research scientist Mark Goldstein discusses MammaCare and the importance of tactile breast examinations

November 14, 2011

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MammaCare is a revolutionary tool that has set standards for teaching women and technicians how to perform clinical breast exams. Now, National Science Foundation (NSF) funding will allow the kits to be shipped to 23 Veterans Administration hospitals to train technicians how to save lives.

The technology merges an extensive series of laboratory studies funded by NSF measuring lump detection and breast examination skills using tactually accurate breast models embedded with small simulated lesions or lumps. Learn more about it in an NSF-sponsored webcast on Tuesday, November 15.

Mark Goldstein, senior scientist for the MammaCare Learning System will discuss and demonstrate how learning to perform breast examinations effectively requires training and accuracy in tactile breast examinations.

Who:Mark Kane Goldstein, Ph.D, University of Florida, a founder and chairman of The MammaCare Corporation

What:Live webcast and demonstration

When:Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Where:Media are encouraged to participate in the webcast online via Science360 website or phone. In both cases, the user name is: webcast; the passcode is "detection."

The call-in number is: 888-769-9034

For more information about the webcast journalists can contact Debbie Wing ( or Lisa Joy-Zgorski ( Questions before and during the webcast can be directed to


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Deborah Wing, NSF, (703) 292-5344, email:

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