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 ...
The amount of research now being done on the hows, whys, and whens of metastatic disease is staggering. This work has been made possible by a technological advance that allows scientists to analyze the circulating tumor cells and tumor DNA that can be found in the bloodstream.
Letter from the CEO:
Autumn is my favorite season. The weather starts to change – even here in Southern California where the temperature drops from the 90s or higher down into the 80s. It’s filled with celebrations, starting with Halloween and moving quickly to Thanksgiving, but with none of the chaos that comes with the December holidays.
Why am I talking about Halloween and Thanksgiving when it’s still only September?