Scientists and Advocates Work Together to Develop Strategy for Understanding How to Prevent Breast Cancer Metastasis by 2020
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) brought together a diverse group of government scientists, health care providers, industry representatives, academics and advocates for the Summit on the Prevention of Metastatic Breast Cancer, held August 26-28. The goals of the Summit were to have participants view metastasis prevention from different perspectives, and to collaborate with advocates to develop a synergistic, broad-based strategic plan to address the issues.
Prior to the Summit, a Planning Committee surveyed leading scientists in the field, as well as other innovators outside of the field, to assess current knowledge and approaches on prevention of metastasis.
"The Summit was not a typical scientific meeting" said Fran Visco, President of NBCC. "There were no formal presentations, but rather the majority of the Summit was spent on debate and discussion of the issues, and on development of a collaborative strategy for increasing understanding of metastasis prevention."
By the final day of the Summit, many scientists expressed that their views had changed and been broadened, and that future work in their laboratories would reflect their changed perspective.
Science writers who were in attendance at the Summit are currently working with NBCC staff to complete a report of the Summit proceedings and outcomes.
Despite the attention and resources directed to breast cancer, our nation has made little progress toward preventing or ending the disease. We may have new diagnostics and ways to treat breast cancer, but the important outcomes—preventing breast cancer and making certain no one dies of it—continue to elude us. Someone in our country still dies of breast cancer every 14 minutes.
The U.S. invests more than a billion dollars in breast cancer research each year—a clear indicator that more funding alone will not bring an end to the disease. We need our nation’s leaders to face the reality around breast cancer and call for a new approach with a firm deadline. As we approach Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when the nation is virtually covered in pink ribbons, now is the time to reach out to our elected officials and challenge them to lead our nation toward meaningful action that will end breast cancer by the end of the decade.
That’s why NBCC advocates are embarking on a national petition drive to ask the President to take a leadership role in support of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.
We all have a role to play in ending breast cancer, and it is important that our leaders in Washington are in our corner. Their support will help ensure the success of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and save the lives of millions of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.
Go to BreastCancerDeadline2020.org and sign our petition to the President asking his public commitment to Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. Tell your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and members of your support group to sign the petition as well. By leveraging all our available resources, together we can end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.
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This month, commit to getting On the Clock for the next three months to show the world you stand behind Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.
Then challenge five people from your family, friends and networks to commit to getting On the Clock for the next three months with you.
Then challenge them to challenge five of their friends.
See how it works? Pretty easy.
Now get On the Clock! There’s not a moment to spare.
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