“I knew this wasn’t just a service needed in our community,” Dr.Askew said.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 21, 2011
Dr. J. B. Askew has worked as a pathologist for 35 years. During his career, he has spent much time providing further information and understanding about breast cancer at local community classes. Early on during these discussions, Askew was surprised by the number and level of questions attendees would ask him about their pathology reports.
He realized something important was missing in the understanding of these patients.
“They knew they had breast cancer, but there were many things about their cancer they didn’t know – and should,” Askew said. “They needed an explanation of how their diagnosis was determined, not in clinical language, but in terms that they could understand. They also needed to understand what their pathology reports really meant.”
Seeing a need for such a service – both in his community and nationally – Askew established Breastpath.com, a free online community committed to making breast disease more understandable, whether it is a benign fibroadenoma, fibrocystic disease or breast cancer.
“I knew this wasn’t just a service needed in our community,” Askew said. “Understanding breast disease is something men and women everywhere are struggling with.”
Breastpath.com provides visitors with a complete explanation of what a traditional pathology report is; responses to a list of frequently asked questions; images of cells found in various levels of breast cancer; articles written by guest columnists; and a list of recommended books on the subject.
The site also offers a free consultation service where people can submit their questions for Askew, who responds to every question individually as soon as possible, usually each evening.
Askew is a board certified pathologist in private practice in Houston. He specializes in breast pathology and provides pathology leadership for the continuing development of the comprehensive breast center services in a large (500-bed) acute care hospital in Houston. He has published several articles and is a member of a number of medical associations and organizations.
In addition to speaking to community groups, Askew speaks at national meetings of physicians and medical professionals to promote an interdisciplinary approach to breast disease, especially breast carcinoma.
For more information, visit Breastpath.com.