Archive for May, 2018

NEW Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening

Posted By on May 11th, 2018 at 1:32 pm | 0 comments.

 

If you are considered at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer or you have dense breast tissue, the American College of Radiology (ACR) now recommends you get an annual screening MRI in addition to a mammogram. The new recommendations, published on DenseBreast-Info.org and in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, call for MRI if a woman is considered high risk.
The ACR continues its previous recommendations, supporting MRI beginning at age 25 for women with a BRCA1 mutation.

Women are considered high-risk if they:

  • Have dense breast tissue
  • Have a family history of breast cancer
  • Have been diagnosed with breast cancer by age 50

The American College of Radiology also recommends that all women, especially black women and those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, be evaluated for breast cancer risk no later than age 30 so that a “higher risk can be identified and [the woman] can benefit from supplemental screening.”

    

Join the PBCC Team!

Posted By on May 10th, 2018 at 12:51 pm | 0 comments.


Job Opening
Part-Time Administrative Assistant

 Organization Background

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization with a board of directors and a network of volunteers across the state. The PBCC exists to help the 9,500 women in this state who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, to support the families of the 2,200 women who will die from it and to serve as a resource for the hundreds of thousands more women currently living with the disease. 

Position Summary

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is seeking a highly motivated, experienced, energetic professional with excellent communication skills to work part-time (24-30 hours per week) in the Lebanon, PA office. The Administrative Assistant will work with all PBCC staff members to help keep the office running smoothly. We are looking for an ambassador, a team player, someone who can work with different personality types and is outgoing. We need someone who’s friendly, organized, detail-oriented and is willing to help with projects as needed.

This person is responsible for performing a wide range of administrative and workplace tasks.   He/she will have the ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously; problem-solve and trouble-shoot; interact well with all levels of staff, board and volunteers; and assist staff with both routine and special projects.

Key job responsibilities:

  • Answer the phone and transfer calls
  • Open the daily mail and mail/ship items as needed
  • Make hotel & travel arrangements for staff members
  • Write and send general letters/emails and thank you letters
  • Pack up materials and boxes as needed for events
  • Monitor weekly donor reports to help manage donor cultivation and recognition for individual donors
  • Provide admin support for all PBCC programs (for example but not limited to:)
    • Organize PBCC Conference Fundraising prospects and keep ongoing solicitation list for staff
    • Facilitate PBCC quarterly webinars through “Go-to-Meeting” platform, keep the RSVP list and send out CE certificates to attendees
    • Attend site visits, planning committee meetings and event opening receptions for the“67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” Traveling Photo Exhibit
  • Travel, as needed, to provide assistance for programs and events off-site

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Associates degree
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and work productively in a team setting
  • Willingness to travel and attend occasional evening and weekend events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort using Microsoft Office suite

Salary Range

This is a part-time position with the potential to go to full-time. This position has flexible hours and is for 24-30 hours per week. The pay is $14 an hour.

Please submit the following to Jobs@PABreastCancer.org with “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Salary requirements

No phone calls please.  The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Survivor Spotlight: Tori Wilt, Huntingdon County

Posted By on May 4th, 2018 at 3:10 pm | 0 comments.


Meet Tori Wilt, Huntingdon County

Tori was a 34-year-old single mom when she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. While in treatment, she met her now-husband, got married and had their “miracle” baby. Tori is a fighter, thriver, and survivor. This is her amazing story.

Tell us about your breast cancer journey…

In January 2013, I felt a lump while adjusting my bra but cancer didn’t even occur to me at the time. That March, my Dad, who was a one-year prostate cancer survivor, sent me an email about breast cancer being on the rise. Within a week, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma.

“On May 22, we got married and I had my 20-week ultrasound. We went to the courthouse, got in the car, drove to Pittsburgh and had the ultrasound to make sure everything was OK… and it was. I said ‘OK, here we go.’”

I had six rounds of chemo, 11 rounds of Herceptin and had a bi-lateral mastectomy in August 2013, and then I met my now-husband. We didn’t think I could have children, but I got pregnant after the mastectomy, so I had to put the Herceptin treatment on hold. A few doctors suggested I shouldn’t go through with the pregnancy, that it was high risk. My daughter Finley was born in October 2014 and then I started Herceptin again.

Did you have a lot of support?

Tori with her husband Ryan, son Evan and daughter Finley

Yes! My parents and my co-workers were very supportive.

You came to the PBCC with a specific concern. What was it?

I started a Facebook group called Pink Sisters in Christ. And just from communicating with people on there, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one whose eyebrows never grew back after chemotherapy. Some mentioned losing eyelashes too. I draw them in every day but microblading is a very effective way to put them back on. The cost varies by area and can run anywhere between $300 and $400.

What do you hope to see happen?

My goal would be for there to be an option for women or men who choose to have this done to have at least a portion of the cost covered by insurance.

What do you want other women to know?

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I never thought at 34 years old I’d feel a tumor. I do think there are some things we can do. My doctor advised me to leave my counseling career behind because it was too stressful. I now work for a company that manufactures nontoxic products, and I educate women about inflammation in the body caused by stress, processed foods, and even where you live in the country.

Do you have advice for someone whose friend or family member is diagnosed? 

Be respectful of the range of emotions they are going to go through. A lot of women tell me they are happy one minute and enraged the next. Be part of a supportive environment to accept those range of emotions. And remember that every journey is different. What’s important to one is not to another.