October 2015
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Six Ways to Show Your Support

At VBCF, we focus on breast cancer in Virginia every day… every week… and every month of every year since 1991. October raises the level of awareness to the national forefront, and we hope you will consider these many ways to take action in support of our efforts.

1.  Learn about breast cancer. Choose a topic:

Breast Health Basics | Lymphedema | Clinical Trials

Breast Cancer News  |  Newly Diagnosed?

2.  Help us educate your local community about breast cancer! 

Request FREE Educational Materials.

3.  Attend an Event. Find out what’s happening this month!

Calendar of Events  |  Month-Long Promotions to Benefit VBCF

4.  Host an event to benefit the VA Breast Cancer Foundation.

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5.  Show Your Support! Buy a VBCF T-Shirt.

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6.  Support the VA Breast Cancer Foundation!

Make a Donation | Purchase a Pink Ribbon License Plate 

Fall Educational Opportunities

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation believes that education is a vital tool in the fight to eradicate breast cancer. This fall there are a number of great opportunities to educate yourself about cancer.

Here are a few to check out:

New Frontiers for Cancer Care in Virginia
presented by the Cancer Action Coaliton of Virginia
October 15-16, 2015 | Staunton, VA

Breast Health Empowerment Weekend
presented by Valley Health
October 17-18, 2015 | Boyce, VA

The Survivorship Journey: Embracing Your New Normal
presented by the Central Virginia Breast Cancer Coalition
November 7, 2015 | Richmond, VA

Recent Breast Cancer News
Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast Cancer Treatment

Too much chemo. Too much radiation. And way too many mastectomies.

“What if I decide to just do nothing?”

It was kind of a taunt, Desiree Basila admits. Not the sort of thing that usually comes out of the mouth of a woman who’s just been diagnosed with breast cancer. For 20 minutes she’d been grilling her breast surgeon. “Just one more question,” she kept saying, and her surgeon appeared to her to be growing weary. She was trying to figure out what to do about her ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as Stage 0 breast cancer, and she was already on her second opinion. The first surgeon had slapped a photograph of her right breast onto a viewer, pointed to a spot about 5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide and told her there was a slot open the following week for a mastectomy.

Virginia Tech scientist furthering research field of structural oncology to study BRCA1 mutations

A protein’s misstep in the complicated dance of cellular replication can lead to the uncontrollable chaos of cancer. Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, to develop an innovative technique to investigate what causes proteins to err.


Breast Cancer, Diet and Healthy Living: Putting All the Pieces Together

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is diagnosed in over 220,000 women each year in the US. With one in eight or 12.3 percent of women being diagnosed, what can we do to prevent breast cancer or at the very least reduce our risk?

We have all heard the saying, "You are what you eat." If we can control breast cancer through our diet and healthy living, we can focus more on prevention as a viable means to reduce the incidence of this common cancer affecting so many of our family and friends.


VBCF is a statewide, state-based not-for-profit organization that receives 95% of its funding from individuals like you. Please learn more about our programs and consider making a gift to support our efforts. You can help us continue to educate and advocate for Virginians at all stages of the breast cancer journey.