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Breast Cancer Awareness

In pandemic, breast cancer treatment a sometimes solo flight for Vancouver women

October 11, 2020, 6:05am Breast Cancer

Heather James, 50, dropped a dollop of conditioner on her chest while showering. When she wiped it off, she felt a lump. Read story

Members of Catch-22 dragon boat team build fitness, community after breast cancer diagnosis

October 11, 2020, 6:00am Breast Cancer

“You should try dragon boating.” That’s what Britten Witherspoon, 43, kept hearing from other members of her support group for young breast cancer survivors. Read story

How to talk to children about cancer

October 11, 2020, 5:21am Breast Cancer

Figuring out what’s really up with your parents is child’s play. Just check their text messages or eavesdrop on a phone call. That’s what one child whispered during a support… Read story

Breast Cancer By the Numbers

416
Annual average number of breast cancer cases in Clark County from 2010 to 2017
56
Average number of annual breast cancer deaths in Clark County between 2010 to 2018
6,690
Estimated number of breast cancer cases in women in Washington in 2020
900
Estimated number of breast cancer deaths in women in Washington in 2020
279,100
Estimated number of new cases of invasive breast cancer in men and women in the U.S. in 2020
276,480
Estimated number of new breast cancer cases in women in the U.S. in 2020
42,690
Estimated number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2020
2
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, behind lung cancer.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington
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Breast cancer survivors share wisdom: Get support. Accept help. Stay strong. Never give up

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October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment — especially during a pandemic — can be a frightening prospect. Read story

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

Creating a chemotherapy comfort kit

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy treatments can be singularly unnerving, even though cancer clinics are designed with patients’ comfort in mind. Read story

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

Vancouver family needed connection to navigate grief during a time of increased isolation

Della Frazier and Zsaneen Kennedy, mother and daughter, both survivors of breast cancer, have a twice-monthly dinner with family members at the Kennedy home last year. Kennedy told her family about her breast cancer diagnosis at a family dinner like this in 2018.

October 11, 2020, 5:14am Breast Cancer

As a pandemic plays out around the globe, one Vancouver family has been navigating an intimate grief that’s required closeness during this time of increased isolation. Read story

Elizabeth Koch of Vancouver, who is a cancer survivor, points out some of her favorite areas in Jorgenson Woods Neighborhood Park. Koch believes in the therapeutic power of nature and forests.
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Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

First mammogram an easy rite of passage

Radiological technologist Jenni Barr, left, assists Amy Libby while she gets her first mammogram at Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park office in August.

October 11, 2020, 5:13am Breast Cancer

Like a lot of women, I put off my first mammogram. Kaiser Permanente started pestering me to make an appointment approximately 13 seconds after I turned 40. That was in 2018. Read story

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

Program helps survivors rebuild health after breast cancer diagnosis

Leslie Girard recently celebrated one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. Every morning, she takes her dog, Bella, for a quick walk before heading out for a half hour on her own. She also strives to eat a plant-based diet in hopes of staving off cancer recurrence.

October 11, 2020, 5:12am Breast Cancer

Leslie Girard recently celebrated the first year after her breast cancer diagnosis, if “celebrate” is the word for it. Read story

Pink Lemonade Project's new CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

Stearns ‘right person at right time’ to lead Pink Lemonade Project in pandemic

Pink Lemonade Project's new CEO Susan Stearns took the helm just as the coronavirus pandemic began.

October 6, 2020, 6:03am Breast Cancer

Susan Stearns took the helm at Pink Lemonade Project on March 2, just as the world was starting to fall apart. For the past six months, she’s navigated the Vancouver-based nonprofit through a pandemic and found new ways of connecting with people affected by breast cancer. Read story