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Request FREE Pink Ribbon Cards and Breast Health Basics for Women & Men brochures for Virginians: Each pink ribbon is attached to a bilingual card with information about breast health - in English and Spanish.  The brochures include information about breast cancer in the United States and Virginia and facts for both women and men about risk factors, symptoms, screening, and lifestyle choices in one concise handout. Both handouts give information about the VA Department of Health's Every Woman's Life program.


Becky's Place at RAM: on July 18-20, volunteers are hosting this annual educational tent in conjunction with the Remote Area Medical program that offers health care screening and services to residents of far southwest Virginia. VBCF accepts monetary donations in any amount - please indicate that your gift is for Becky's Place in the comment field.


Annual Library Grant Program: With VBCF funds, libraries are able to purchase breast cancer books, periodicals, DVDs, etc. to support women and their families in the community.  The deadline to apply is June 30. VBCF has provided more than $55,000 in funds to local Virginia libraries since 2000. 


CVBCC Survivorship Conference:  The Central Virginia Breast Cancer Coalition and other local cancer organizations are proud to present The Survivorship Journey: Embracing Your New Normal - a conference for survivors of all types of cancer and their caregivers.

Attendees to this FREE conference will get to connect with other survivors and caregivers while enjoying inspiring speakers and a delicious breakfast and lunch. Register today!




Kohlenberg Award Nominations due Aug. 31: the Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award was established in 1995 to recognize Virginians employed in the healthcare field who "exhibit a deep and abiding commitment to the fight against breast cancer." The award honors the memory of Sherry Kohlenberg, a healthcare administrator and co-founder of VBCF, who died from breast cancer in 1993. The purpose of the award is to recognize healthcare professionals who go above and beyond what is normally expected of a competent, caring professional working with Virginians affected by breast cancer. Nominate a provider now! 

3-D Mammography Finds More Tumors, But Questions Remain


A form of mammogram that takes multiple images does a slightly better job of finding tumors and reducing women's risk of having to be scanned again, a study finds.


It's the biggest study yet to look at tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammograms. But it's still unclear if using this kind of mammogram increases a woman's odds of surviving breast cancer, the researchers say.




News from ASCO Annual Meeting

Learn about the cancer care and treatment advances announced during the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Annual Meeting.  The 2014 meeting was held May 30 - June 2, in Chicago.  



UVA Receives $3M NCI Grant to Expand Tissue Sample Collection



The University of Virginia Health System has been awarded a grant to help expand a program that makes tissue samples available for research on diseases such as breast cancer and lung disease.


The $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute will enable UVA to partner with Eastern Virginia Medical School, as well as the Medical University of South Carolina, to collect samples.



New test predicts if breast cancer will spread

A test of tumor microenvironment of metastasis (TMEM) predicted risk of distant metastasis in estrogen receptor-positive and HER2-negative breast cancer, according to a new study. The test may help in guiding treatment decisions and in preventing overtreatment.