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Radio Smart Talk: Breast Cancer Awareness Month impact

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 19, 2012 8:32 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, October 19:

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One doesn't have to look far to see a pink ribbon, buildings cast in pink light or fountains flowing with pink water.  The color pink is associated with the cause so much during the month that everyone knows exactly what it signifies.

When the campaign began in October 1985, the focus was on early detection of breast cancer.  That's still an important message, but billions of dollars have been donated and contributed toward breast cancer research and treatment.

Progress has been made.  About 2% fewer breast cancers were detected between 1999 and 2005 and death rates from breast cancer have been dropping since 1990.

On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll discuss the impact of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the past and into the future.

We'll also look into current statistics, treatments, research, and what the future holds.

Appearing on the program will be Pat Halpin-Murphy, the president and founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Leigh Hurst, the founder of Feel Your Boobies, and Dr. Ronald Hempling, a gynecologic oncologist with Wellspan Health.

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  • Dawn L. King img 2012-10-19 08:49

    I agree with the last caller in terms of the industrialization--as well as the food that we're eating. The onset of GMO's, the push of artificial foods for health (i.e. margarine, aspartame) and the processed foods that are being eaten have a HUGE effect on one's health.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-19 08:56

    E-mail from David:

    "Great show!

    I am wondering if Dr. Hempling could comment on breast cancer awareness in men. The reason I ask is my father was diagnosed with breast cancer less than 4 years ago, received a mastectomy and chemotherapy and is now doing very well.

    His story: He incidentally noticed a lump on his breast and informed his primary care doctor at a routine visit who had the insight to investigate further. My understanding is roughly 1% of breast cancers are found in men and that they traditionally do not do as well in treatment simply because it is not identified early enough and when identified are in later stages. When comparing apples to apples, treatment outcomes are similar to that of women, but the later identification leads to poorer outcomes."

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