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Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline Drastically Over 20 Years

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:29 am | 534 comments.

Breast-Cancer-Survival-for-PLIn the past 20 years, breast cancer death rates have dropped dramatically.  According to the latest government statistics, breast cancer deaths decreased by 34 percent between 1990 and 2011 and experts believe that number has continued to drop over the past 4 years.  Why the decrease?

Researchers say death rates from breast cancer have declined due to better treatment, greater awareness, and more women getting mammograms.  New medicines in the past 20 years, such as targeted chemotherapy and Tamoxifen, have contributed to increasing breast cancer survival.  Today, there is an increasing trend toward individualized medicine as doctors learn more about tumors and the effectiveness of personalized medicine.  Additionally in the past 20 years, more women are becoming aware of the disease and are going to the doctors when something seems suspicious.  Many are hopeful that this downward trend will continue and even more women will survive a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Free Program Offers Support, Guidance to Children with Loved Ones Battling Cancer

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 377 comments.

CLIMB-programCLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a FREE program offered by Penn State Hershey Medical Center  and designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer. Sessions are held over four successive Wednesday evenings and are facilitated by a health care provider trained in caring for families of cancer patients. CLIMB® is open to children between the ages of 5 and 13. Registration ends Feb. 17!

Participants will gain new understanding of cancer and its treatment, and bond with others their age going through the same thing.
WHERE:  Penn State Hershey Breast Center
WHEN:    February 18th, February 25th, March 4th and March 11th
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with dinner provided
To register, call Nicole Cook or Lynn Fantom at 717-531-7492 or email ncook@hmc.psu.edu.
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11.20.14: Join the PBCC for a Major Breast Cancer Research Announcement

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:56 am | 8363 comments.

Pat HeadshotBy Pat Halpin-Murphy, President & Founder

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. To make that happen, we support researchers in Pennsylvania working every day to investigate the cause, improve treatment and ultimately find the cure for breast cancer. You’re invited to join us Thursday, November 20 at 10:30am at Penn State Hershey Medical Center as we make a major announcement of support for a breast cancer breakthrough right here in our backyard.

The announcement will be made in Penn State Hershey’s 2nd floor Media Center. Attendees can access the room through the main hospital entrance.

We hope you will be there as we move forward in our fight to end breast cancer together.

Be there… be part of history!

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67 Women, 67 Counties Exhibit Visits Centre, Fayette Communities

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:55 am | 10581 comments.

lisa-rose-speaking-at-fayetteThis fall, the PBCC’s traveling photo exhibit 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania returned to Centre County and made its first appearance in Fayette County. Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion hosted the exhibit in Centre County. In Fayette, the exhibit traveled to Penn State University’s Eberly Campus. Survivors from both communities told their stories of hope and inspiration, sharing the importance of early detection.

Thank you to the committees in Centre and Fayette Counties for welcoming the PBCC and this important exhibit to your communities, and special thanks to the PA Department of Health for its continued support of 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania.

Click on the video below for a message from survivors in Centre and Fayette Counties:

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Registration Now Open for Free Affordable Care Act Webinar

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:54 am | 41 comments.

Affordable-care-act-webinar-for-PLNeed health insurance? Our free Webinar series continues Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00pm with everything you need to know about the Affordable Care Act.  This webinar, presented by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Joanne Grossi, will detail the marketplace insurance choices available.  You will learn the key components and features of the Affordable Care Act.  We hope you can join us!

Ask questions, get answers!

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Give Extra, Support Breast Cancer Research in Pennsylvania

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:52 am | 1024 comments.

Extra-Give-for-PL24 hours. Endless possibilities.  The PBCC is participating in the Extraordinary Give next Friday, November 21!  The Extra Give is a 24-hour giving marathon during which donors have the opportunity to contribute to the PBCC and the Lancaster County Community will give a little extra to increase the donation. Every penny donated to the Coalition will support Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers.  Take part in the Extra Give next Friday and bring us closer to a cure!

Contest alert! After you’ve donated, share the news using #PBCCGive on social media and we’ll send you a Coalition t-shirt!  Share it and wear it!

White House Honors PBCC President Pat Halpin-Murphy as 2014 Champion of Change

Posted By on November 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am | 1100 comments.

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Great news! We are proud to announce that, this past week, The White House recognized our PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy as one of 2014’s Champions of Change! The Champions of Change program honors ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities. Pat received the distinction for her unparalleled work advocating for women’s health care and insurance coverage.

Pat was featured as a speaker on the White House Champions of Change panel, discussing the Affordable Care Act and Pennsylvania’s Free Treatment program for breast cancer.

Congratulations, Pat! If you would like to send Pat a message, click here.

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Color it Pink this October 1 to Honor Survivors, Families

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:34 pm | 2311 comments.

Pink-Fountain-for-PLThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition invites you to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with us Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am in Harrisburg at the State Capitol East Wing Fountain. Together we will turn the Fountain pink in honor of survivors and families fighting breast cancer across our state.  Can you be there?

Throughout the entire month of October, the fountain will serve as a reminder to all women of the importance of good breast health and the need for annual mammograms. Over the years, the pink fountain has also become a beacon of hope for the hundreds of thousands of survivors across the Commonwealth that one day we will find a cure for breast cancer… so our daughters won’t have to. This event is made possible by the incredible support of the PA Department of General Services.
Color it Pink with the PBCC on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am outside the State Capitol East Wing Fountain on Commonwealth Avenue.  We hope to see you there!