Stories about breast cancer that can inspire and inform

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Young, Black and Thriving

Ashley Bell was diagnosed with stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer in 2021. She was just 34 years old. “I don’t have a history of breast cancer in my immediate biological famly, and I don’t carry the gene mutation,” she said. “There is no cure for stage 4 breast cancer. I will be on some type of treatment for the rest of my life.”

Karin’s Story: Why I Walk

In 2011, Karin Moughler was shocked when she discovered a lump in her right breast. She was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her treatment, she began volunteering with Komen in Nashville, where her MORE THAN PINK Walk team, Karin’s Pink Warriors, has participated in every event since 2012 to support Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer.

How the USPSTF Draft Recommendations Affects Historically Marginalized Communities 

According to revised guidelines issued by the United States Preventative Services Taskforce (USPSTF) women at average risk for breast cancer should begin mammogram screenings every other year starting at 40 instead of 50 years old. We spoke with Natasha Mmeje, Director of Community Education & Outreach for Susan G. Komen to learn more about how the draft recommendation could affect these communities.

Go With the Flow

In 1991, Janice underwent treatment for breast cancer. Over the past 32 years, she’s focused on her family, health and wellness. Then, in late 2022, Janice was diagnosed with a second type of breast cancer. “How I react affects my family, so I’m going with the flow and moving forward,” she says of undergoing treatment a second time.

Dr. Julie Palmer: ‘We Need More Diverse Data in the Search for Breast Cancer Cures’

Komen Scholar Dr. Julie Palmer grew up never knowing her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was only after she graduated from college and her mother faced her second breast cancer diagnosis that she learned her mother quietly had a mastectomy when Palmer was in the sixth grade.