Starting October 1: It’s time to move beyond breast cancer awareness. Help us make breast cancer history.
Breast cancer research is well funded, better than any other cancer. In 2010, the National Cancer Institute directed $631,228,554 to breast cancer research, but only 16% of those funds were directed at looking at the causes of breast cancer and only 9% were directed at prevention. Yet, a report released in February 2013 by a federal advisory committee of leading breast cancer experts concluded that prevention is the key to eradicating the disease, not early detection or treatment. Why are we still spending millions on detection and treatment when stopping women from getting it in the first place is the answer? It’s time to find smarter ways to prevent breast cancer.
Despite decades of productive breast cancer research, the number of women diagnosed with the disease continues to rise. In 2012, about 227,000 women and 2,200 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 women will die from it (American Cancer Society, 2012).
The committee’s recommendation was the following:
Develop a national breast cancer prevention strategy to prioritize and increase federal government investments in breast cancer prevention.
Intensify the study of chemical and physical factors that potentially influence the risk of developing and likelihood of surviving breast cancer.
Plan strategically across federal, state and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate the pace of scientific research on breast cancer and the environment and to foster innovation and collaborative science.