Breast Cancer Research Top Physician Priority

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Breast cancer awareness campaigns and  “taking back the pink” are critical to help patients get early care.  Our Sermo docs, on the front line of cancer every day, are happy for the awareness campaigns, but they’d also like to find a cure.  Pronto.

There are millions of donations pouring into charities this month and we asked our doctors, how would you spend the money.  The results are published below.

Question:  Should donations for breast cancer go towards awareness campaigns or research?  (490 Physicians Responded)

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Sermo physicians skew heavily towards donations allocated to research over awareness campaigns.  Oncologists are even more in favor of research dollars. (Please note, only 20 oncologists answered this poll out of 490 respondents.)

This is why we decided to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation this month.  A total of 91% of all proceeds go directly to breast cancer research.   Our Sermo physicians can elect to donate honoraria that they earn through surveys and other forms of participation to the BCRF too.

Research Leads to Real Results

One of the latest announcements on the war against breast cancer is a new vaccine.  Researchers from Cleveland Clinic Innovations and Shield Biotech, have developed a vaccine for breast cancer.  Early data shows that the vaccine is effective for immune prevention of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and can work to both prevent and treat the disease.

The goal is to “protect against breast and other cancers – in much the same way childhood vaccinations work to protect against polio and measles.”  TNBC is the most aggressive and fatal form of breast cancer and the predominant type with women with the BRCA1 mutations.

Although years away, the possibility of a vaccine against cancer is no longer a piece science fiction.  It’s coming.  What do you think about donations going towards breast cancer awareness or research?  Do you support both or one more than another? We’d love to hear your ideas either below or if you’re an M.D. or D.O. inside Sermo.


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