Read about current events and research findings about breast cancer as well as Zero Breast Cancer's work in the news below.
May 15, 2013
SAN RAFAEL, CA - Zero Breast Cancer, a community non-profit organization based in Marin County, honored nine individuals, organizations and businesses for their contributions to understanding breast cancer and the healing process, and for leadership in improving the community's health.
The awards were presented at the 14th Annual Honor Thy Healer program on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Mill Valley Community Center. Tom Scott, Director of Global Branding and Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation served as Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker. Executive director Janice Barlow highlighted breast cancer and the environment research progress in the Bay Area and nationally. Two hundred attendees included business and healthcare leaders, honoree associates and prior honorees, public officials, breast cancer advocates and community members.
Janice Barlow, executive director of the San Rafael nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer, said what Jolie did is not unusual for women who learn they carry the BRCA1 gene. "People who carry the gene have a significantly increased risk of both ovarian and breast cancer," Barlow said. "It's not uncommon for women given that information to have a double mastectomy and have their ovaries removed."
Numbers of breast cancer cases high for Marin County
For decades, Marin County has been a spike on the graph that plots the incidence of breast cancer in women in California, and that trend has shown no signs of changing, according to recent data collected by researchers.
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Starting April 1st, doctors are required by a new state law to notify women with dense breast tissue that they could be at increased risk for breast cancer. Zero Breast Cancer's Executive Director Janice Barlow and other Marin experts weigh in on why they hope the law won't cause unnecessary stress for women.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 the federally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC), released its report, Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention. This report is a call to action to develop a national strategy to increase research in breast cancer prevention with a focus on how environmental factors affect the development of the breast across a woman's lifespan and her risk of breast cancer. The report offers seven recommendations to highlight the urgent need for coordinated, targeted efforts to identify and mitigate the environmental causes of breast cancer.
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 the Public Health Institute released a study that spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California. The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project was funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program of the University of California to explore the feasibility of mapping areas in the state with elevated breast cancer rates in a manner that is useful to diverse stakeholders. Multi-disciplinary staff affiliated with the Public Health Institute recruited an advisory group (AG) of breast cancer advocates, clinicians, and public health practitioners to develop a mapping protocol that would identify geographic areas most impacted by breast cancer.
November 20, 2012
Zero Breast Cancer invites 2013 Honor Thy Healer award nominations
(San Rafael, Calif) --- Zero Breast Cancer, a community non-profit organization based in Marin County, invites nominations from the public for the Healing Professional and Healing Partner awards to be presented at the Honor Thy Healer dinner and awards program on Thursday, May 9th 2013, at the Mill Valley Community Center. Attendees will include breast cancer survivors and supporters, public officials, business and professional leaders, honorees and associates, community members and friends of Zero Breast Cancer.