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Breast Cancer Awareness

Studies focus on breast cancer risk

January 26, 2021, 6:02am Breast Cancer

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common… Read story

Holiday Glow helps Clark County breast cancer patients

November 26, 2020, 5:45am Breast Cancer

Pink Lemonade Project CEO Susan Stearns knows what it’s like trying to navigate the holidays after breast cancer treatment. Read story

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center behind its regular pace for mammograms

November 8, 2020, 6:04am Breast Cancer

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has seen a drop in breast cancer mammogram screenings this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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
Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington, speaks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 2018.

Former Washington governor Gregoire shares breast cancer fight

Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington, speaks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 2018.

November 1, 2020, 6:02am Breast Cancer

WASHINGTON — When Christine Gregoire got her diagnosis back in 2003, she called up two women who could definitely relate: Janet Napolitano and Heidi Heitkamp. Read story

Sherry Cianni, left, and Heather James have had to do cancer treatment without friends or family accompanying them because of COVID-19 precautions in place at clinics and hospitals.

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

Sherry Cianni, left, and Heather James have had to do cancer treatment without friends or family accompanying them because of COVID-19 precautions in place at clinics and hospitals.

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

Laura Thornquist, left, demonstrates how she has been coaching teammates while the coronavirus pandemic has kept them off the lake. She corrects teammate Britten Witherspoon's form as she paddles in a water trough in Thornquist's Woodland backyard.

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

Laura Thornquist, left, demonstrates how she has been coaching teammates while the coronavirus pandemic has kept them off the lake. She corrects teammate Britten Witherspoon's form as she paddles in a water trough in Thornquist's Woodland backyard.

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

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

How to talk to children about cancer

"Mommy Found A Lump" is a children's picture book about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment by Portland surgeon Nathalie Johnson.

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 group hosted by oncology social worker Krista Nelson at Portland’s Providence Cancer Institute. Read story

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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