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
Research Worth Watching: Learning More About Metastases:
Precision medicine is doing more than helping us to identify an exact mutation in a cancer cell and the drug that matches it. It is also allowing us to do new kinds of research on metastatic disease. We need this type of research because breast cancer deaths are rarely due to the cancer cells in the breast. Rather, breast cancer becomes deadly when cancer cells “get out” of the breast and spread to other organs you need to live, like the liver, lungs, or brain.
A Letter From the CEO: