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We Made History, Again! 3D Mammograms Now Covered for Women in PA

Posted By on October 19th, 2015 at 4:27 pm | 0 comments.

First-Lady-Making-Announcement-with-videoThe 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference was one for the history books. Not only did we have a day focused on education, empowerment and advocacy, we welcomed major news from PA First Lady and PBCC Honorary Chair Frances Wolf. Mrs. Wolf announced that 3D mammograms are now required to be covered by the insurance companies for women in Pennsylvania. The 3D cutting-edge mammogram that was costing $60 to $600 for some insured women is now available at no cost.

Big, BIG news! Pennsylvania is now the first state in nation to require coverage for 3D mammograms, effective now. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller for making this life-changing milestone possible for women in Pennsylvania!

The Conference had other surprises in store for guests and awardees alike. We honored outstanding triple-negative breast cancer expert and researcher Dr. Edith Mitchell from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospitals with our prestigious Potamkin Prize. PA Rep. Matt Baker won a Pink Ribbon Award for his commitment to women’s health and our Breast Density Notification Act, and Dr. Wendie Berg of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC received a Pink Ribbon Award for her tremendous work on the issue of breast density. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition surprised Dr. Berg with a $50,000 Extraordinary Opportunity Grant to move forward with her research studying the accuracy of ultrasound vs. 3D mammograms for women with dense breasts.Pictures-from-Conference

Those are only a few of the day’s highlights. We enjoyed spending the day with you! If you haven’t already done so, please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey to ensure next year’s Conference is even better. You will automatically be entered to win a PBCC prize pack!

Thank you for participating in our historic 2015 PBCC Conference!


Hot Flashes? Electroacupuncture Could be the Answer

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:22 am | 0 comments.

electroacupuncture-for-plA new study points to electroacupuncture as an effective treatment for hot flashes in women who received estrogen-targeted therapies for breast cancer. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied 120 breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes on a daily basis. After 8 weeks, the patients receiving electroacupuncture showed greater results than those taking common drugs used to treat the symptoms.

What is electroacupuncture? Electroacupuncture is a procedure in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents to the body. According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients say they experienced fewer hot flashes during the electroacupuncture than with other treatments.

To read the complete study results, click here.


Fall Intern Wanted!

Posted By on August 14th, 2015 at 11:07 am | 0 comments.

PBCC LOGOThe PBCC is looking for a fall intern! Here are the details:

PA Breast Cancer Coalition Internship

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is offering a wide range of experience in all aspects of non-profit operations and programming, public relations and event management through assisting the Executive Director and other staff as needed.

Some duties may include, but not be limited to:
•    Work on the PBCC’s statewide educational and outreach programs:
o    Annual educational conference
o    PBCC Research Initiative
o    Traveling photo exhibit
o    Grassroots Partners events
o    Educational webinars
•    Interact with local event committees, state agencies, legislative contacts, and media
•    Write press releases and articles as needed
•    Assist with design and graphics work
•    Work on legislative advocacy for statewide legislation
•    Attend fundraising and grassroots partners events as a representative of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

Applicants should possess:
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Experience using Microsoft Office (Adobe Photoshop and InDesign experience preferred, but not required)
•    Ability to work independently and in a team setting
•    Excellent project management and organizational skills

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is located at 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA.  It was founded in 1993 and is the only statewide grassroots organization in Pennsylvania that speaks to and for breast cancer survivors.

The PBCC’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer and to improve the quality of breast cancer education, research and outreach in the state.

Go to  to learn more about the organization.

Contact name:      Jennifer Pensinger,  Executive Director

This position has flexible hour which are primarily on weekdays but could include some weekend hours depending on the fall event schedule. It is for up to 20 hours per week and pays $10 an hour.   The length of the internship will vary depending on the student.

Grab Groceries, Give Back! Whole Foods Teams with PBCC in Nickels for Nonprofits

Posted By on July 30th, 2015 at 10:58 am | 0 comments.

whole-foods-nickels-for-nonprofitsWhole Foods of North Wales in Montgomery County has teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on Nickels for Nonprofits. The program runs for the next few months to spread awareness and to raise funds for our mission. Want to participate?

Here’s how it works:

1. Bring your reusable bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market in North Wales, PA now through September 27.

2. Mention the PA Breast Cancer Coalition at checkout.

3. 5 cents for every bag you use is donated to the PBCC’s support and advocacy efforts for women facing breast cancer!

Encourage your local Whole Foods Market to support the PA Breast Cancer Coalition through Nickels for Nonprofits. Click here to find your local store, ask for an application and get started! To learn more about Community Giving at Whole Foods, click here. Thank you for making a difference with us!

Conference 2015: Join us for Education, Advocacy and Action this October

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 11:12 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

The Countdown to our 2015 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference is ON! Our staff is busy planning a day full of education and empowerment for all attendees. This year’s Conference will be held Monday, October 5 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. We will kick it off in style with the PBCC Pink Party presented by Penn State Hershey Breast Center on Sunday, October 4, a free event celebrating our Grassroots Partners and survivors.

The PBCC has gathered brilliant minds in the field of breast cancer for our workshops with topics including metastatic breast cancer, nutrition, lymphedema, breast density, triple-negative breast cancer, fertility, yoga, DCIS, survivorship and more. It will be a day of learning and networking with hundreds of other attendees interested in learning the latest in research, treatments and advocacy.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition offers 3 FREE Continuing Education hours to nurses who attend. Scholarships and travel grants are also available through the Cary Massa Memorial Scholarship Fund.



Sluggers and Survivors Make Lancaster Home Run Derby a Hit!

Posted By on June 22nd, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 0 comments.

On Saturday, June 20, Clipper Magazine Stadium hosted the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and the Lancaster Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby.  We welcomed brand new batters including survivor Rita Ann Gilson and her team, Rags Gang, who made the drive from Philadelphia to participate, along with returning batters Brandon and Heather Miller, Susquehanna Bank, and Ameriprise, among others.  2015 Derby presenting sponsor, Team Emerald Asset Management, racked up points while returning all-stars the Furlong Boys brought the competition to a whole new level. Let’s not forget to send a shout out to fan favorite Cylo for stopping by!

furlong boys top fundraisersIt was a fun day for all, including PBCC Board Member and South Central Vice President Alice Sanders who spoke on the field at the Saturday night Barnstormers game and all derby batters who cheered the home team on to victory against the York Revolution that night!
Our highest fundraisers in Lancaster were the Furlong Boys, raising $520 for our mission! The top scores were:

Mark Furlong, 27.5 point average, 275 points total
Scott Miller, 27.5 point average, 275 points total
John Furlong, 26.6 point average, 400 points total
Richard Hart, 25 point average, 375 points total
Jeb Besecker, 25 point average, 375 points total
Brandon Miller, 25 point average, 375 points total
Mark Furlong, 25 point average, 250 points total

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby! Your efforts make a difference!

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Taking Action: Senate Bill 842 on Insurance Coverage for Dense Breast Screenings

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:37 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplAdvocacy and action for women with dense breasts marches forward in a BIG way!

PA Sen. Bob Mensch introduced Senate Bill 842, which will require all insurers to cover additional dense breast screenings like ultrasounds and MRIs. Dense breast tissue can hide tumors on a mammogram. Because of that, women with dense breast tissue often need added screenings. The problem is – some insurers don’t cover them. This legislation will change that for Pennsylvania women.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition worked with Sen. Mensch to pass the Breast Density Notification Act requiring mammography centers to notify women of their breast density in 2014. This year, the PBCC distributed surveys and is collecting data from women and mammography facilities across the state. Now, we want to ensure that women have access to the best screening options available to them, without any worry about how the tests being covered. Thanks to Sen. Mensch and your efforts, we believe they won’t have to worry much longer.

Watch our video below for more information on Senate Bill 842. Learn why this is so important and find out what YOU can do to help.

Take action. Save lives.


Anastrozole Better for DCIS? Experts Say “Yes” in Some Cases

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

Anastrazole-for-PLResearchers say anastrozole may be as effective, if not more effective, than tamoxifen when it comes to treating DCIS. A study conducted by NRG Oncology and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) monitored DCIS patients taking anastrozole and patients taking tamoxifen for 5 years. Women under the age of 60 taking anastrozole had a slightly higher rate of dissease-free survival than those taking tamoxifen.

Of those women participating in the study, 88.8 percent who took anastrozole remained disease-free compared with 81.5 percent of those who received tamoxifen.  Also according to the study, anastrozole demonstrated a favorable safety profile. There were 17 instances of uterine cancer in the tamoxifen group and 8 cases in the anastrozole group, although there were more occurrences of osteopathic fractures with anastrozole (69 events) than with tamoxifen (50 events).

To read the complete article on this study, click here.