We've made advances in treating breast cancer, but what's left to be done?

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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.

pat-halpin-murphy-head-shotMs. Halpin-Murphy has more than just the numbers, although the figures are significant: over 12,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Pennsylvania and more than 2,000 die from the disease.  The group's annual conference, Tuesday, October 11th in Harrisburg, covered these topics as well.

The slogan of the PBCC is "Finding a cure now... so our daughters won't have to."  

Through a variety of programs, the PBCC is funding the very research that is making great strides for breast cancer patients. and generations to come.    Exciting new breast cancer research is being done at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  Researchers have found a breast cancer-killing virus that leaves healthy cells alone.   Funds raised through the PBCC made this first phase of research possible.  And, thanks to a generous grant of $100,000 at the annual conference, this researcher can now take his research to the next level.


Pat wants all women in PA who are uninsured or underinsured to know that they can receive a free mammogram.  And, if a woman is facing a breast cancer diagnosis, she needs to know they're not alone and that they are able to receive free treatment.  They have many programs to help women understand their options, and you can explore all of their resources at the PBCC website: https://www.pabreastcancer.org/

Listen to their conversation:

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