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1973757779818385878991Breast Cancer Cases per 100,000 Women
Sample Grant Proposal: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROJECT
ISSUE TO BE ADDRESSED
M.  G. was 31 when she discovered she had breast cancer and opted for a mastectomy.
Eight years later the cancer returned.  She formed a support group with four other
women, and with their help survived to raise a child and become a charter member of the
Breast Cancer Awareness Network.  Her four friends have since died from metastatic
breast cancer.
When the catastrophe of breast cancer strikes, two very human questions are:
Why did this happen to me?
How can I protect my
daughter?
This project seeks to help the
women of Marin answer these
questions.
Sadly, M.’s story has become all
too common.  Breast cancer is the
most frequently diagnosed cancer
among American women.  In
1965, 62,000 cases were
diagnosed.  By 1995, the number
had tripled to 182,000 although
population had increased by only
38%.  Rates in the United States
are as much as six times higher than other developed countries, and Marin County has the
dubious honor of being the leader in this national crisis.  In any given year, about 200
women in Marin are diagnosed with breast cancer, so that today, over 1,000 women in
the county are living with or have survived the disease.  Those who have survived are at
high risk, and because of the genetic link to the disease, so are their daughters and other
female relatives.
We do know some of the reasons for high rates of breast cancer in Marin.  These risk
factors include age, child-bearing history and heredity and account for 30% of the variance.
Recently, pioneering researchers have developed methods that promise to expand our
knowledge of the unexplained 70%.  Methods include
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source:  Northern CA Cancer Center
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