National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #28

Breast cancer survivors can learn
and understand science, and can help influence
the direction of breast cancer research.

Breast cancer survivors who have been trained and educated have both the first-hand patient knowledge, as well as the ability to advocate on behalf of others, that is an important check and balance in determining research funding and the direction of breast cancer research. Consumers who have been trained to understand the research process add a crucial element to all panels where breast cancer decisions are made.

The Center for NBCC Advocacy Training educates breast cancer advocates so that they can effectively sit at decision making tables. These trained consumers understand that it's not about any one person's breast cancer, but about changing the systems that affect all of us.