Often lost in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activity is the disease’s complexity and wide range of diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes. Cynthia Ryan, a two-time breast cancer survivor, past participant in the AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program, and frequent contributor to Cancer Today, writes in a Los Angeles Times op-ed column that “anecdotes and October headlines barely begin to empower people with the knowledge they’ll need should they be diagnosed with a form of the disease.”
Read “Why women need more science with their breast cancer survival stories” by Cynthia Ryan, a dedicated patient advocate who calls on the media to report the whole story of breast cancer, not just the pink ribbons.
Cover photo: Cynthia Ryan stands with her poster describing her advocacy work at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 in San Diego. Ryan is the founder of Street Smarts, a cancer awareness program for homeless women in Birmingham, Alabama. She blogs at Cancer Hits the Streets.
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