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Environmental Exposures in Girls increase Breast Cancer Risks

In this short video published 29 August 2011 by UC San Francisco (UCSF), Zena Werb – PhD, founding member of the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BABCERC) – and breast cancer advocates discuss research goals and an award winning, 15-minute animated video, called the “The Breast Biologues,” which helps explain to a general audience what researchers want to know about breast development, environmental exposures and breast cancer. Werb was a scientific consultant for the video project.

One Disease. Two Drug-Coverage standards. Shocking.

One Disease. Two Drug-Coverage standards. Shocking.

Kristen McMillan, a 22-year-old nurse, collapsed while working out at the gym. Tests revealed that she had an anaplastic oligodendroglioma tumour, a form of brain cancer. She underwent surgery, then radiation and chemotherapy. Just over a year later, her mom, Deirdre McMillan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She, too, underwent a full range of treatment, including… Continue Reading

Breast Cancer’s Inconvenient Truth

Breast Cancer’s Inconvenient Truth

When I was first diagnosed with Stage II, Grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma in July 2012, I experienced a surprising sense of entitlement. It was strange, really, as I paid scant attention to the whole breast cancer movement and have an inherent cynicism of large self-perpetuating organizations of any kind (of which there are several… Continue Reading

Beyond Pink Ribbons to Breast Cancer Prevention

Beyond Pink Ribbons to Breast Cancer Prevention

Kenzie was just 21 when her boyfriend found a lump in her breast. Before she turned 24, the cancer had returned. She won’t wear a pink ribbon — doesn’t think there’s anything pretty or pink about the disease. Heather, a firefighter, wonders if the unusually high rates of breast cancer among her colleagues is linked… Continue Reading

We want to help women with breast cancer. Not someday. Today. Because the rent is due. Groceries must be bought. Hospital parking is expensive. And lost wages during treatment and recovery means less money for the bills.

So despite millions raised to find a cure, very little priority has been placed on providing much needed financial support for the nearly 26,000 Canadians diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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