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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance physician honored for inspirational breast cancer care

The National Consortium of Breast Centers recognizes Ben Anderson, M.D., for selfless leadership in breast health locally and globally

SEATTLE – April 19, 2013 – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s (SCCA) Benjamin O. Anderson M.D., was recently recognized by the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) for his commitment to improving breast cancer treatment and quality of life at home and around the world. Anderson was presented with the organization’s annual Inspiration Award during the 2013 National Interdisciplinary Breast Conference, held March 25 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Benjamin O. Anderson
Dr. Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D.

The Inspiration Award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of selfless leadership and exceeds the typical expectation for their profession. In an effort to provide care to an underserved population of patients, Anderson co-founded and serves as chair and director of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), housed in the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

BHGI has developed novel approaches for comprehensive, resource-stratified and evidence-based consensus guidelines to provide a framework for detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in low- and middle-resource countries and other medically underserved areas around the world. Additionally, the initiative serves as a model for bringing together key constituencies to solve critical health problems. BHGI is renowned throughout the world for leading the international breast cancer clinical improvement and "best practices" movement through an innovative alliance of organizations and individuals.

"It is an honor to receive this award. I am extremely proud of the work we are doing to improve breast health care and quality of life for patients locally at SCCA, as well as in economically disadvantaged countries around the globe," Anderson said. "I am personally indebted to Fred Hutch for having supported BHGI during its critical formative years."

As SCCA’s Breast Health Clinic director, Anderson is devoted to caring for patients with breast health issues and breast cancer. Staffed by breast surgeons, internists and nurse practitioners with special expertise in breast disease, the Breast Health Clinic provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive breast health services, including thorough and concise evaluations of breast abnormalities, individual screening plans for people at risk for breast cancer, and treatment of benign breast problems as well as breast cancer.

Anderson is also a professor of surgery and global health medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is a joint member of the Fred Hutch Public Health Sciences Division and Program in Epidemiology. Anderson serves on the board of directors of the Union for International Cancer Control, the oldest international professional organization focused on addressing cancer on a global level.

About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's. Our goal, every day, is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. Our purpose is to lead the world in the prevention and treatment of cancer. SCCA has five clinical care sites: an outpatient clinic on the Hutchinson Center campus, a pediatric inpatient unit at Seattle Children's, an adult inpatient unit at UW Medical Center, a medical oncology clinic at Halvorson Cancer Care, and a radiation oncology clinic at UW Medicine / Northwest Hospital. Additionally, proton therapy services are provided at SCCA Proton Therapy, A Procure Center. For more information about SCCA, visit

About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch's pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation's first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women's Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Nyhus Communications for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance