Breast cancer funds should be for prevention not cure

Breast cancer funds should be for prevention not cure

Finally those in power are admitting the power to change breast cancer is in prevention – not cure.  This high-ranking committee has suggested that the US Federal funding for breast cancer should “focus on prevention and how environmental factors influence risk rather than diagnosis and cure…”

The Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee released a report on Tuesday February 12, 2013 recommending:

  • More federal investment is needed to explore compelling themes, such as mechanisms underlying breast cancer subtypes and breast density, epigenetic alterations ... that occur over the life course, and gene/environment interactions
  • While recognizing the link between breast cancer risk and family history, the committee said most breast cancers occur in people with no family history, so environmental factors - broadly defined - must play a major role in the etiology of the disease.  Prevention is the key to reducing the emotional, physical, and financial burden of breast cancer.  By urgently pursuing research, research translation, and communication on the role of the environment in breast cancer, we have the potential to prevent a substantial number of new cases of this disease in the 21st century”
  • Regulatory agencies could better deal with modifying social and lifestyle factors linked to breast cancer.  The committee defined the ‘environment’ broadly as lifestyle and behavior, such as alcohol and exercise…”
  • The 27-member committee urged “transforming how research is conducted and intensifying the study of chemical and physical factors”
  • Breast cancer accounts for more cancer diagnoses than any other kind and about 14% of all cancer deaths annually

As reported (including quotes) by MedPage Today on February 12, 2013. 

Posted: Saturday 16 February 2013