When we asked for stories from breast cancer survivors and others, the calls started coming and did not stop. We found instances of courage, hope, determination, fear, survival, even loss. Read them inside this special supplement to The Salem News.

Doctors will discuss a host of treatment options upon diagnosing a patient with breast cancer. The course of treatment is ultimately determined by various factors, including the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society reports that the five-year survival rate for all cancers combined that were diagnosed between 2009 and 2015 was 67%. That’s a noteworthy and encouraging statistic, though global figures compiled by Ourworldindata.org indicate that five-year survival rates followin…

A golf tournament was held Monday, July 26, at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K., a national nonprofit that raises $3 million annually. P.I.N.K. stands for prevention, immediate diagnosis, new technology and knowledge.

The main difference between male and female breast cancer is that men get it far less often than women, accounting for less than 1% of all cases.

In September 2013, Margy Burrell was scheduled for oral surgery, requiring routine prescreening including a physical exam with her primary care doctor. In part due to Burrell’s own mother dying from breast cancer at a young age, she didn’t typically like going to doctor’s appointments becaus…

Just two weeks after sitting for her final chemotherapy infusion, Cynthia Keefe performed on two different stages during the annual Plum Island Porch Festival, aka PlumFest, which she co-founded seven years ago. Two days later, she was measured and tattooed for her impending radiation treatments.

According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, more than 2.3 million women across the globe were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. The BCRF also notes that breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and people who receive such news may be flooded with a wide range of emotions. When delivering such a diagnosis, doctors share vital information about their patients’ disease. Those details can go a long way toward easing patients’ concerns.

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