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Cancer Support Community Greater Miami

Date: February 27, 2017
When someone is confronted by cancer, you become quickly overwhelmed in trying to deal with your diagnosis, with recommendations for treatment, with family responsibilities and issues, and with financial challenges, and so much more. For fifteen years the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) has been part of our greater community providing cancer support programs and services, touching the lives of so many people. Unfortunately, they have announced that they will be closing their doors on March 31st.
Categories: FBCF Blog

February is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Jeri Francoeeur
Date: February 14, 2017
Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain. It is also called advanced breast cancer, or Stage IV breast cancer. Between 6 and 10 percent of all new breast cancer diagnoses are MBC. About 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 40,000 Americans die each year from breast cancer.
Categories: FBCF Blog
February is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2017 Request for Education Grant Application

Date: February 1, 2017
The FBCF is currently offering education grants for Florida organizations: Up to $5,000.00 for projects in a single county and up to $10,000.00 for projects provided in multiple counties that focus on education in one on one or small group settings to reach as many people as possible. Grants are available for projects that take place over a 12-month period.
Categories: Education

Letter from the Executive Director

Date: January 30, 2017
The uncertainty of how the new administration Washington, D.C. will affect research funding and health insurance coverage, availability, and costs, not to mention Medicaid funding, weighs heavily on the minds of many. The financial challenges of screenings, surgery, treatment, medications, and ongoing survivorship issues are difficult to navigate successfully during the best of times. Increased uncertainty places strains on virtually every not-for-profit organization.
Categories: FBCF Blog

Jane Torres Scholarship Fund

Date: August 17, 2016
The Jane Torres Scholarship Fund, established by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) to honor Jane Torres, founder of FBCF, assists individuals interested in obtaining education and training in breast cancer research and advocacy.
Categories: Advocacy

Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Date: January 1, 2016
Jeri Francoeur, MS has been involved in advocacy since she first started working in the medical field. Her passion for breast advocacy became more focused when she lost her best friend to Inflammatory Breast Cancer and her diagnosis 6 months later with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). She was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to one of the Medical Quality Assurance Boards for the State of Florida; both governors Crist and Scott have reappointed her and she now serves as Chair.
Categories: Advocacy
Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Thanks to the efforts of advocates who called and emailed to save the funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Program, the current year funding of $1.8 million has been restored, with an increase, bringing funding for the program to an all-time high of $2.1 million.
Categories: Advocacy

April/May 2014 E-Newsletter: Male Breast Cancer

Date: May 20, 2014
A man's lifetime risk of being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. While this statistical risk may not seem as profound as 1 in 8 women, when broken down, the actual numbers shed a different light: 2,360 new invasive cases will be diagnosed and approximately 430 of those cases will result in death, according to the American Cancer Society's 2014 predictions.

Article topics in this month’s issue: How molecular subtyping can better identify women at high risk of recurrence; studies on how yoga can regulate stress hormones and improve quality of life for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy; second method of action found in natural compound psoralen - previously known to fight lymphoma also attacks HER2 Positive breast cancer cells; and learn the pros and cons of the removal of ovaries to cut risk of death in gene carriers.