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Dear Friends,


Ready to Advocate?


I hope so.  Our State Lobby Day is fast approaching.  It is Thursday, February 9.  Visit our website to register.  With this being the budget session for the Virginia General Assembly, I am sure things will get very interesting.  And, remember, our efforts don't stop with Lobby Day.  We are already hard at work and may need your support again during this session. 


Mark Tuesday, May 8 on your calendars NOW as it's our National Lobby Day.  The NBCC Advocacy Summit is May 5 - 7 where Deadline 2020 will be the theme. Early Bird Registration deadline is Friday, February 10.  Remember, we do offer sponsorships for this conference.   


If you have any questions on our advocacy efforts, please contact Vernal Branch at or 804-285-1200. 


I look forward to working with all of you during 2012 as we make the eradication of breast cancer a real priority. 


Gay Rudis

Immediate Past President

Interim Executive Director

Back in Session


The Virginia General Assembly is back in session this week. You can count on VBCF to monitor and inform you of any breast cancer legislation that may pop up during the session.


Right now, we are watching House Bill 83 which aims to offer extra protection for women with dense breasts:


7.  Establish guidelines to require the licensed facilities or physicians' offices where mammography services are performed to offer to the patient, prior to departure, development of such films to ensure integrity and quality of the film. When film developing is not available or the patient chooses not to wait, the patient shall be notified within two business days if another mammogram is necessary. This requirement does not imply or require that a diagnostic opinion be made at the time of the mammogram. The interpreting physician may require that the mammogram be retaken if, in the opinion of the physician, the study is of inadequate quality. The guidelines shall also require all mammogram reports to include information on breast density. Such information shall inform patients with dense breast tissue, as determined by the physician, that supplementary screening tests may be beneficial, depending on individual risk factors.


Full text of the bill can be read here.

Join Us for State Lobby Day

 State Lobby Day 2012

Join Breast Cancer Advocates from across the state for Virginia Breast Cancer Lobby Day on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Your presence is important and no training is necessary. VBCF has team leaders that are trained on the legislative priorities for lobby day - we need you to show up and show our legislators that this is an important health care issue. If you would like to become a team leader, call Vernal Branch today at 804-285-1200.


Register before Friday, January 20 if you need transportation so appropriate arrangements can be made.


Transportation will be provided from the following areas:

  • Hampton Roads and Williamsburg
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville
  • Northern VA and Fredricksburg

Register Today!


VBCF will be awarding $5,000 to a deserving breast cancer advocate!
Karin Decker Noss
Are you passionate about ending breast cancer? Do you have a desire to learn about the science of breast cancer? The Karin Decker Noss Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Karin Decker Noss, a dedicated board member and past president of VBCF.  The scholarship funds training in medical research and legislative advocacy to carry on the work that Karin began. 

Watch your inbox soon to learn how you can apply for the Noss Scholarship!
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