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 ...
August is always my favorite month, as it is a slower time that allows us to regroup before the fall meetings and October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also a good time to use this space to explain how we approach our research projects and what we are doing that’s unique and different. Our Mapping the Breast Ducts study is a perfect example – and it relates to my August Research Worth Watching as well.
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