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Clinical Congress Programming Addresses Breast Cancer Disparities

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tune in on Wednesday, October 27 at 1:00 pm CT to view the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Oncology Lecturer Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, chief, Division of Breast Surgery, Weill‐Cornell Medicine, discuss “Genetics and Genomics in the Study of Breast Cancer Disparities.”

Dr. Newman’s primary research has focused on race/ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients, broadened applications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her extensive research related to disparities in breast cancer risk and outcome has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and was featured in CNN’s documentary Black in America 2.

Dr. Newman also moderates Panel Session  PS364, “Improving Breast Cancer Outcomes in Black Women: Time for a Change,” on Monday, October 25 at 2:00 pm CT. This panel discusses barriers in access to screening and treatment; current recommendations for screening, including risk-assessment models, modalities, and frequencies recommended for Black women; and the impact of and strategies to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment in this population. Anita T. Johnson, MD, FACS, co-moderates.

For more on additional cancer programming during this year’s virtual Clinical Congress, visit the Cancer Programs web page.

Download Breast Cancer Awareness Month Resources

2021 Breast Cancer Awareness PosterIn 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women; 2,650 cases will be diagnosed in men; and an additional 49,290 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will be diagnosed in women in the United States. An estimated 44,130 people will die from the disease (43,600 women, 530 men).

The CoC and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) have created posters and other resources to support your outreach activities to increase awareness of breast cancer within your community this month.

Approved staff at CoC-accredited programs can access the Breast Cancer Awareness Month resources by logging into CoC Datalinks with their username and password. Under “Resources,” please click on the “Resources to Market CoC-Accreditation” link to gain access to all of our marketing resources.

Approved staff at NAPBC-accredited programs can access the Breast Cancer Awareness Month resources by logging into the NAPBC Quality Portal (QPort) with their username and password and clicking on “Marketing Resources.”

Please share how you observe this event by sending your articles, activities, and photographs to srubin@facs.org.