All of the scientific evidence points to that strategy being more effective than a ritual search for cancer through breast self examination and mandatory annual mammography. It is time to move forward, for women's sake.
We, advocates, are leading this charge. We are setting the agenda, bringing the scientists and policy makers together, implementing plans of action and moving forward to the end of breast cancer. This is all happening, albeit difficult to see through that tsunami of pink.
We must change the public global conversation about breast cancer from awareness and screening to prevention and saving lives.
Twenty-five years ago, I sat in my doctor's office and heard these words: You have breast cancer. That was in 1987, when the world's population reached five billion, a gallon of gas was 89 cents, Ronald Reagan was president and the FDA approved AZT for AIDS.
It is time we disrupt the business and system of breast cancer. It's time we disrupt the status quo. We must create an innovative environment for breast cancer research that will lead us toward the eradication of the disease.
In September of 1987 I was a successful lawyer in Philadelphia, advocating for my clients and women's rights. I was also a wife and mother. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
This Leap Year, on February 29, I encourage you to use those additional hours to become more involved in breast cancer advocacy.