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Monique Eddins was diagnosed in November 2019 with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. An active-duty service member and mother of four, her journey began when she noticed a lump on her left breast. After testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, Monique worries about her children’s risk of developing breast and other cancers in the future.
Kate Leyder was diagnosed with breast cancer after an MRI for emergency gallbladder surgery showed a mass on her right breast. “I never felt a lump or had any pain,” she said.
By Ed Dandridge, Chair of Susan G. Komen’s Board of Directors Maya Angelou said, “…if you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” Three years ago, I joined Susan G. Komen’s Board of Directors to support the mission of ending breast cancer in our lifetime. As […]
By Paula Schneider, President and CEO, Susan G. Komen I’m often asked about the amusing paranoia that is “imposter syndrome.” Have I experienced it? Absolutely. How can you overcome it? Through one realization: You only need to be smart enough to lead the band. For those unfamiliar, imposter syndrome strikes people at all stages of […]
Susan G. Komen has identified three areas where it will work in the 2023 and 2024 state and federal legislative sessions to enact laws so that where you live does not determine if you live.
As a breast cancer researcher, Dr. Julie Palmer never imagined her sister, Beth, would be diagnosed with the disease. After being diagnosed with early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in her late 40s, Beth underwent a double mastectomy and moved on with her life. Nine years later, Beth learned the cancer had metastasized to her bones and lungs. […]
Ann H. Partridge, M.D., MPH, and Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., are making history at Susan G. Komen. For the first time, two women are serving simultaneously as the Chief Scientific Advisors, guiding Komen’s research strategy, investments and programs.
Christina Bemis has undergone treatment for breast cancer twice. “I cannot stress enough how important it is to be confident in and comfortable with the treatment decisions you make, the importance of finding a team or doctors who are right for you and having support throughout your journey with breast cancer,” she said.
Mukti Patel learned she had breast cancer in July 2022. “So many thoughts went through my mind when I heard ‘breast cancer,'” she said.
Ellyn learned she had ER+ PR+ breast cancer in March 2022. The diagnosis was a surprise. “There is not a history of breast cancer in my family,” she said.
Elvira Velez was 35 when she was diagnosed triple negative breast cancer. No one in her family except an aunt had ever had breast cancer. Elvira went from not knowing she had any kind of risk for breast cancer to being high risk