“I never heard ofuntil I was first diagnosed.”
If theAdvocacy Network was given $1 each time that statement was uttered, we would have more than enough money to find the cure.
Over 500,000 people are living within the United States. Nearly 75,000 people will be diagnosed this year and 15,000 will die. is the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer, yet public awareness of the disease is alarmingly low. With so little known in the public about the disease, it is difficult for patients to make informed treatment decisions when they are diagnosed.
With the help of seven patient advocates, we began our efforts to engage Congress to pass a resolution recognizing May asAwareness Month. BCAN hosted a day on Capitol Hill and met with members of Congress. Our advocates shared their personal stories and urged their representatives to take action.
Rep. Matt Cartwright of PA and Rep. Mike Rogers of MI introduced House Resolution 538 to recognize May as You can help by asking your representative to support this important issue. As with other diseases, public awareness is the first step towards finding a cure. We hope to have the month nationally recognized, but regardless, we must move forward.Awareness Month. We are grateful for their leadership and dedication to those living with and their loved ones.
This May, and every May, we will commemorate the month with public awareness programs, increased education, and a greater emphasis on sharing the struggles of those diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones.We are kicking off our May festivities with BCAN’s Annual Walk for , which brings together survivors, loved ones and medical professionals in their local communities. We are pleased to launch our new “Signs and Symptoms” fact sheet to help education the public. Many events are planned for the month including two Patient Insight Webinars on nutrition and the launch of a new “Conversations: Let’s Talk About ” discussing recurrence. We have a special webpage dedicated to Awareness Month which includes media promotions and stories about women and . Follow our social media for “Take Action Mondays”, “Women Wednesdays” and “Fact Fridays” to learn more about and how you can get involved.
Together, we are making a difference.