Breast cancer clinical trial education presentation -Speak-Out 4 Breast Cancer Awareness- News media artilce in (Precinctreporter, Westsidetrory Newspaper, Blackvoices Newspaper and IVNews) ( 10/2009 )
07:42 PM PST on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 By PADMA TADI-UPPALA I meet women at one of the worst times of their lives. As a breast cancer researcher, I''''''''''''''''m usually the second person they see after they have been diagnosed with the disease. For the science, it''''''''''''''''s crucial to take a blood sample before treatment begins. These women face a fight for their lives, a fight far too many lose -- 4,165 last year in California alone. This doesn''''''''''''''''t need to be the case. The reality today is that the difference between life and death often depends on when a patient is diagnosed. Doctors preach the importance of self-examinations, annual breast exams and mammograms for a reason -- the earlier a woman detects breast cancer, the more likely she is to survive. The purpose of the presentation was to raise breast cancer awareness and funding to help every women in the Inland Empire. The Komen Community Challenge was launched in California this month to raise awareness of these unnecessary disparities and to call on our state leaders to close these gaps. Lawmakers should appropriate an additional $12 million to the Every Woman Counts program for fiscal year 2009. This funding will help ensure that no eligible woman seeking care is ever turned away.