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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Breast Cancer Awareness

I’ll fight as long as I can, says Felida cancer patient Heather James

February 9, 2024, 6:06am Breast Cancer

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Felida resident Heather James’ journey with breast cancer has been an uphill battle. Read story

La Center volleyball honors mom fighting cancer, stays unbeaten

October 10, 2023, 11:29pm Breast Cancer

As head coach Cymany O’Brien explains, positive energy has powered La Center volleyball’s unbeaten season. Read story

How to talk about the unthinkable: Health professionals can help with end-of-life conversations

October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Cancer is often framed in the language of warfare. It’s a battle against an unseen enemy, an epic contest of strength, endurance and will using an arsenal of disease-conquering weapons.… Read story

Breast Cancer By the Numbers

429
Annual average number of breast cancer cases in Clark County from 2013 to 2020
62
Average number of annual breast cancer deaths in Clark County between 2013 to 2021
7,050
Estimated number of breast cancer cases in women in Washington in 2023
960
Estimated number of breast cancer deaths in women in Washington in 2023
300,590
Estimated number of new cases of invasive breast cancer in men and women in the U.S. in 2023
297,790
Estimated number of new breast cancer cases in women in the U.S. in 2023
43,700
Estimated number of breast cancer deaths among men and women in the U.S. in 2023
30%
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, behind skin cancers. About 1 in 3 cancers among women are breast cancer.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington
Surgeon and cancer survivor Dr. Nathalie Johnson of Legacy Health has witnessed how breast cancer distinctly affects women of color.

Breast cancer outcomes for women of color fall short

Surgeon and cancer survivor Dr. Nathalie Johnson of Legacy Health has witnessed how breast cancer distinctly affects women of color.

October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Breast cancer deaths have fallen in the United States — except among women of color. Read story

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Dr. Michael Cohen holds a model of a molecule. His team has designed an inhibitor that can bind to molecules and block the progress of cancer.

New trials, treatments show promise in treating breast cancer

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Dr. Michael Cohen holds a model of a molecule. His team has designed an inhibitor that can bind to molecules and block the progress of cancer.

October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Some clinical trials for new approaches to treating breast cancer involve small groups of patients and limited time. Others are nationwide studies involving thousands of volunteers whose cancer is tracked for years at numerous partner institutions. Meanwhile, laboratory scientists are developing new compounds with surprising anti-cancer properties. Read story

Catch-22 Storm (in the near lane) races Mighty Women Power on Aug. 4 in Ridgefield.

Dragons on the water: Breast cancer survivors find health, strength, connection paddling in New Zealand

Catch-22 Storm (in the near lane) races Mighty Women Power on Aug. 4 in Ridgefield.

October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Nicole Rummel paddled in her first-ever dragon boat race in New Zealand. Not only had it been a long trip, but she had taken an even longer journey. Read story

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Community of survivors: Columbian readers offer advice to navigate breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery

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October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis can be a frightening prospect. Read story

Tamara Greenwell of Vancouver paddles in her first race in Victoria, B.C., only four months after finishing cancer treatment.

Pulling together: Breast cancer survivor finds support with paddlers

Tamara Greenwell of Vancouver paddles in her first race in Victoria, B.C., only four months after finishing cancer treatment.

October 7, 2023, 5:00am Breast Cancer

Tamara Greenwell was on a camping trip when she was performing the acrobatics of changing her shirt in a cramped, low tent. Read story

Breast cancer survivors sought for Columbian’s annual special section

August 30, 2023, 6:05am Breast Cancer

Who better to offer advice to women receiving breast cancer diagnoses than those who have already walked the path? Read story

Start breast cancer screenings at age 40

July 11, 2023, 6:00am Breast Cancer

Early detection and regular breast cancer screenings are key to reducing death from breast cancer. Mammograms remain the best tool available and have been shown to reduce deaths from breast cancer. That’s why Mayo Clinic recommends women start screening mammograms yearly at age 40. While that recommendation has been firm… Read story