I've been in my present job for something like nine or ten years. In that time my then CEO's wife and two colleagues have died from breast cancer, and at the moment two colleagues' wives and another colleague have been diagnosed and are undergoing treatment. Yet another is waiting for an appointment at the hospital for further screening. All this out of a group of 50 to 60 people. It is utterly horrific.
So when I was yet again looking at Dr Dork's Grand Rounds, this post about detecting cancer early (two posts really) by Respectful Insolence caught my eye. It's long and involved but well worth reading if it interests you at all. It tells of how the recent advances in early screening can distort the apparent advances in treatment outcomes, and questions whether early screening is always an advantage.
I still think back to when the head of department of cancer sciences phoned one evening to ask me to apply for a job that was going. There was a situation developing in my present job which made me feel it wouldn't be fair to leave, so I didn't follow it through. Sometimes I wish I had.