We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.
It is time for a different strategy. The annual explosion of "brightly colored consumer goods" is not cutting it.
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.
Today as I go to the polls to cast my vote, I stand in line as a citizen, a taxpayer, a voter, a woman, a mother and a breast cancer survivor. All those characteristics play a role in my decision to declare my support for one of these candidates.
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.
We demand a commitment and a plan of action to end breast cancer. We demand leadership that will bring the world of public policy together to save lives.
I've been told it's impossible to end breast cancer. People said the same about curing polio or putting a man on the moon. But I'm hopeful.
We need the truth and not the hype about breast cancer and we need it 12 months a year.
The five stories encompass concerns that reflect the multitude of challenges facing a patient who has received a breast cancer