(Ephrata) -- A new study suggests the power of mammograms may be overestimated. The doctors behind the report say a flood of "pink" awareness programs and survivor testamonials have given the test more value than it should have.

witf and Facing Cancer Together  were honored to attend this year's PA Breast Cancer Coalition conference in Harrisburg.  We were inspired by the women we ment there and would like to share the personal stories of four of these breast cancer survivors with you.  We've created Digital Quilt patches where you can hear the stories of Kathy, Kate, Scarlett and Tammy... told in their own voices.

Susan Yoder, a breast cancer survivor, is thankful for the Healthy Woman Program at Lancaster General Health. She had no insurance, so had no way to pay for a mammogram or cancer treatment. But, the Healthy Woman Program covers the cost of mammograms, Pap tests and cancer treatment for women who are uninsured or underinsured in Pennsylvania.

Every day in Pennsylvania, 32 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 alone, more than 12,000 will hear the words “you have breast cancer,” according to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. 

In my morning reading in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening, he quotes Gene Knudson Hoffman, “I’ve never felt a pain that didn’t bear a blessing.” The greater the distance from my diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, the more I can see that I am blessed because of it. Odd, you say! Yes, I did not expect this. However, now I can say that there are many things that are bringing fulfillment to my life that were missing prior to the cancer. I must also say that no matter how many blessings I can count, I would not wish cancer on anyone. It is a very challenging journey requiring much courage, trust, faith, and introspection.  

HERSHEY, Pa- Exciting new research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has found that there is a new virus that kills breast cancer cells.  And, it kills all types of breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

Smart Talk host Nell McCormack-Abom guides a community conversation on all aspects of breast cancer... diagnosis, treatment, surgery, advocacy, research, emotions, and life after cancer.

In Pennsylvania, over 32 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer today.  Meet a few of these women who have faced the disease, and now look back on their journey in this inspirational video.

(Harrisburg) -- A new grant is expected to help some midstate doctors research a virus that's been found to have killed breast cancer cells.

Medical science has made great strides in detecting and treating breast cancer but what is left to be done?  To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help answer tis question, Pat Halpin-Murphy, the president and founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition joined Radio Smart Talk's Scott LaMar in the witf studio.

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