South Bend, Ind. A test many believe could predict and prevent breast cancer years before it would show on a mammogram.
The guest speaker of Wednesday's "Think Pink" lunch with Paqui Kelly is a researcher and CEO of the company that makes what's called the Forecyte Breast Health Test.
Using a device similar to a breast pump doctors collect cells that line the milk ducts.
Dr. Steven quay says just the like pap smear finds irregularities that lead to cervical cancer, the Forecyte test can find changes in the breast that lead to breast cancer, meaning it can be prevented.
Dr. Quay says the test costs about 100 dollars and most insurance companies have been accepting it.
“It's hyperplasia, the cells are growing too fast, growing too many of them, it takes about 15 years for that to become breast cancer, so we have a big window over a decade to stop the process and it is reversible that's the key thing,” he explained. “Cancer is not reversible, all you can do is try to kill it without hurting the patient but hyperplasia is completely reversible.”
Since it's so new only about 500 doctors nationwide are currently offering the test right now but he believes that will quickly change.
We called the company today and found out there are two doctors in the chicago area offering the tests.
Here is their contact information:
Randall Toig, M.D.
Mohammed Siddiqui, M.D.
Dr. Toig's website