Every year, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins and the wave of pink floods my inbox, mailbox, TV screen, Facebook wall and store shelves, I cringe. This year, I have lost six friends to breast cancer. In the past three weeks, I have received more than a dozen resource requests from women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the rural county I serve in northern Maine. What is going on? How can this be happening? Haven’t all of these pink ribbons fixed this problem yet? On the contrary, breast cancer incidence is increasing and, despite small adjustments to treatment regimens, years of campaigns to raise awareness, ever-expanding screening programs, increased fundraising efforts and research, incidence and mortality have not changed significantly ...
Breast Cancer is a Political Issue: The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) wants to know what the candidates for President of the United States will do to end breast cancer. And we want you to know, also. Breast cancer is a political issue. more
Cutting Through the Breast Cancer Clutter: It can be overwhelming to someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or for someone helping a loved one navigate the maze of information surrounding this disease. It is a new year, and unfortunately, we can expect 2016 to bring more sensational breast cancer headlines. more
Thank You to Our Supporters:
Walk with Love on May 1 was a HUGE success! More than 700 supporters joined us on a beautiful morning in the Pacific Palisades to walk or run with their families and friends—and many four-legged friends, too. We are grateful to all of our sponsors, participants, teams, volunteers, and advocates around the country for helping to support our ninth annual Walk with Love.
Research Worth Watching: If We Knew the Anatomy of the Breast:
A new analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that from 2005 to 2013, the overall rate of mastectomies, combining single and double mastectomies, jumped 36 percent – yet there was no change in the rate of breast cancer diagnoses.