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.
It is time to move from awareness to prevention. If much of the resources that are currently directed at breast cancer awareness were redistributed to prevention, imagine how much faster we could start saving lives.
It may surprise many people, but aside from the deadline, little has changed in breast cancer over the past 50 years. Breast cancer awareness is at an all time high. Yet there is an appalling lack of results to show for all of it.
I have never actually stopped to fully analyze why I gave up my career as a partner in a law firm, to give all my attention to ending breast cancer. I am often asked why. And I usually shrug. I simply cannot conceive of doing anything else.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to a close. And I am grateful. Every year it brings a sea of pink and this year was no different. But has anything meaningful changed from last year? Have we made progress?
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.
In eight years, when the Summer Olympics are once again drawing the attention of the world, I want to be watching the games with the knowledge that we have figured out how to end breast cancer.
While we can assume that every member of Congress, the Administration and state and local governments wants to see an end to breast cancer, what are they willing to do to get there?
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.
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.
Are we talking about the breast cancer issues that really matter?
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
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