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Oct 17, 2023

Welcome to The Cancering Show, where we demystify cancer and take away the fear surrounding its diagnosis and treatment. In this episode, Dr. JYP is joined by Beth Davis from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to discuss the importance of research in improving outcomes for breast cancer patients. With 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is crucial to invest in research. The BCRFA is unique in that it funds breast cancer research exclusively in Alabama, with an investment of almost $1.3 million in 24 research projects last fall and $14 million since its inception. Beth shares the foundation's goals for 2023 and highlights the various ways it raises funds, including special events and corporate sponsorships. They also delve into the impact of research on breast cancer outcomes, with 4 out of 5 women now surviving the disease. The episode concludes with important information on early detection and resources available to Alabamians. Join us as we explore the power of research in the fight against breast cancer.

3 Key Episode Takeaways

1. Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama: The BCRFA is a unique organization that funds breast cancer research exclusively in Alabama. It has invested almost $1.3 million in 24 research projects across the state, including at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute and other renowned organizations, and $14 million since its inception.

2. Local Impact, Global Reach: BCRFA's grants stay in Alabama, supporting researchers and institutions working tirelessly to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients. By investing in cutting-edge treatments, prevention tools, and diagnostic techniques, the foundation is making a significant impact on the lives of individuals within our community and beyond.

3. Getting Involved: There are several ways to support BCRFA's mission. You can attend their special events, contribute through corporate sponsorships or individual donations, and even get a breast cancer research specialty license plate. Every action, no matter how small, plays a vital role in furthering breast cancer research efforts.

Show Overview

00:00:41 Cancering Intro: recognizing, coping, fighting, and thriving.

00:06:32 Importance of genetics counseling and early detection

00:08:29 Breast cancer bill aims to eliminate co-pays.

00:11:38 Inequality in Alabama healthcare leads to organization's founding.

00:16:58 Research to improve breast cancer treatment.

00:20:51 Goal: cancer-free state through research funding.

00:25:15 Breast cancer awareness: research, hope, and support.

00:26:21 USA Health fights cancer with science.


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