Answers Wanted

In 2006 BCA launched Answers Wanted, a public education campaign focusing on crucial questions about breast cancer that, despite more than 20 years of breast cancer awareness, remain unanswered. In order to successfully prevent and treat breast cancer, we must have answers to the following questions:

  • Who needs treatment and who doesn’t: Which “breast cancers” will never become life threatening?
  • How can we more effectively and less toxically treat metastatic disease, and how can we prevent aggressive breast cancers from becoming metastatic?
  • What scientific tools can be developed that will help make the link between information about environmental exposures and health-outcome data?
  • Why do different racial and ethnic groups have different breast cancer incidence and mortality rates, and what can be done to successfully address those differences?
  • In its first year, Answers Wanted focused on the need to identify which breast cancers will metastasize and become life threatening and which will not. BCA conducted a national poll to find out what people know about breast cancer diagnosis and found that people are still confused about some basic breast cancer facts. But they know one thing for sure: Their doctors, unfortunately, aren’t able to definitively answer a woman’s most basic questions upon diagnosis: “Will I die from this?” and “What should I do next?”

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    BCA will continue the campaign in 2007. Visit the campaign page in October for new developments and more information.

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