UW Medicine’s International Breast Cancer Education and Outreach Program Receive Donation from Blaine Pollock.
Blaine Pollock’s gift of $2500 to the University of Washington’s International Breast Cancer Education and Outreach Program will be used to help fund breast cancer research, local and global breast cancer advocacy, and education, which is headed by Dr. Julie Gralow, Professor of Medical Oncology and Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Washington. Since 2003, International Breast Cancer Advocacy Program has been hosting breast cancer advocacy summits biennially throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia to provide a forum which fosters the exchange of ideas, information and resources across borders in this particular region of the world. This program provides a continued and sustainable platform to bring together government officials, physicians, researchers, health care professionals, support group leaders, media, and patients to discuss breast cancer advocacy, education and outreach efforts throughout the region; it is through this enhanced dialogue that sustainable outcomes in breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care, survivorship and prevention can occur. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, comprising 23% of the estimated annual 4.7 million female cancer diagnoses. It is also the leading cause of cancer-related death in females.
There are more than 1.35 million cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year and by 2020 it is estimated that 1.7 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually. This increase represents a 26% increase from current levels and will be seen mostly in countries of the developing world. Breast cancer advocates play an increasingly important role in how developing countries effectively harness resources, create coalition building, influence public policy, shape research and federal agendas, and empower women as patients and citizens around the world.