Some of WBCC’s recent accomplishments include:
- WBCC has worked collaboratively on the national level to secure and protect funding for breast cancer research totaling nearly $3 billion since 1992 through the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (DoD-BRCP). More than $34.5 million of that funding has come back to Wisconsin institutions in the form of research grants.
- WBCC hosted “Obesity and Breast Cancer” in October 2016, a Speaker Forum featuring three renowned researchers: Amy Trentham-Dietz of the UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center, Lisa Arendt of UW-Madison and Rulla Tamimi of Harvard University. Trentham-Dietz described how obesity affects a woman’s cancer risk through her lifetime. Arendt’s research suggests how obesity may weaken cellular protections, and Tamimi demonstrated an inverse relationship between youth obesity and breast cancer risk.
- WBCC brought its own educational programming, “Breast Cancer and the Environment,” to area groups, including the Radiation Technologists of Wisconsin, Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club and Aurora Healthcare West Allis. WBCC will be expanding its free programming in 2017 to include presentations on Advocacy (“Beyond the Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Advocacy 101”) and the Ethics of Advocacy.
- As a partner of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, WBCC volunteers participated in the creation of the WI Comprehensive Control Plans for 2005-2010, 2010-2015 and 2015-2020, and are currently working to implement strategies outlined to achieve goals for the plan.
- WBCC worked to protect access to breast cancer screening and treatment by monitoring changes to the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. Surveys conducted by the WWWP of the program’s efficacy were cited by legislators in letters to the Department of Health Services, citing concerns that low-income women may
be falling between the cracks. The program provides annual screenings and treatment for women between the ages of 45-64. The state drastically reduced program providers in 2015 in anticipation of women moving onto the Insurance Marketplace.
- WBCC was a co-presenter with the Medical College of Wisconsin of a Breast Cancer Boot Camp in October 2016, planned by Policy Committee member Kathleen Harris, and featuring board members Carrie Riccobono and Kris Miller as panelists. The event updated approximately 50 participants about current MCW clinical trials and research, encouraged community input and offered advocacy strategies.
- WBCC leadership actively participated on the Wisconsin Cancer Council’s Policy Committee to coordinate policy watch efforts on the state level, with the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Task Force’s Coalitions in Action Team, helping to launch a campaign to increase screening in targeted African-American neighborhoods in Milwaukee in 2017, and with the National Breast Cancer Coalition, to further national goals around breast cancer research, such as the Cancer Moonshot.
- WBCC was a Community Partner of
from 2010-2015 and remains active on BCERP’s behalf, translating research results for dissemination to the public or targeted audiences who would benefit from interventions.
- WBCC distributed its award-winning booklet, “You’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Should you consider a clinical trial?” free to medical settings statewide. It is in its second printing of 7500.