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Washington, DC 20036
The doctor told Amy that she had "Stage zero breast cancer." She was shocked when they suggested mastectomy, chemo, radiation, and tamoxifen -- all the treatments for invasive cancer. "But I thought I don't have cancer" she said when she called us. We helped reassure her so she could think through her medical options based on her personal medical history and diagnosis.
Every year, tens of thousands of women are diagnosed with "Stage zero breast cancer." Most of these women will never develop cancer, regardless of their treatment choices. Too many women will live shorter rather than longer lives as a result of over-treatment. Some are so frightened by the word "cancer" that they make a quick treatment decision they later regret. Some doctors don't clearly explain what treatment a woman really needs.
The situation was similar for Bob, who was diagnosed with an early prostate cancer. Experts agree that the treatment for very early, slow-growing prostate cancer has life-changing risks (such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence) which often outweigh the benefits.
Our goals for 2019: 20,000 fewer unnecessary mastectomies and prostate surgeries. With your help, we can do it by ensuring that men and women understand their treatment options and how to prevent cancer, doctors communicate more clearly, and insurance companies reimburse effective treatments.
If you or someone you love has cancer, we help make sure you get the information and services you need. And that the treatment is affordable!
And we also help pass laws to remove toxins from your food, water, home, children's toys and playgrounds, and pet food.