NBCC President Fran Visco delivered a powerful, heartfelt keynote address, describing how far the organization and movement to end breast cancer have come in 20 years – but also reminding us how far we are from actually curing breast cancer. She rallied the advocates to do the work necessary now to make the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® a reality, saying “We need to end our addiction to comfortable, easy, good enough.”
I sat in on two incredibly interesting and thought provoking plenary sessions. Overcoming Barriers to Change: Problems in the System focused on one of NBCC’s core issues: the importance of understanding the science behind research trials on breast cancer. Bad scientific methods, small sample sizes, and inaccurate measurements can be misleading. In the second session, Making an End to Breast Cancer a National Priority, panelists discussed this year’s presidential election and how health policy and gender are expected to be portrayed.
As always, the NBCC Advocate Summit was a call to arms for advocates, activists, survivors, and citizens ready to take action to end breast cancer by January 2020. Because we all have a role to play in ending breast cancer.
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