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Among American women, breast cancer is the most common cancer, after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

For 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates that:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and about 2,470 will be diagnosed in men.
  • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.

Incidence rates of breast cancer are highest in non-Hispanic white women; however, breast cancer death rates are highest in African American women. 
Source: American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, surpassed only by lung cancer. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than age 50. It is believed that earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment, has led to these decreases.

Today, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
Source: Miller KD, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2016. CA Cancer J Clin. 2016;66:271–289.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer Project Offers New "Dandelion" Communication Toolkit 

The ongoing ACCC Metastatic Breast Cancer project is working to expand multidisciplinary team awareness of how to effectively meet the holistic needs of metastatic breast cancer patients, enhance patient-provider communication, and improve the patient-centeredness of care delivery. View project resources.

For this project, U.S.-based cancer programs and practices now have the opportunity to join in a quality improvement study by testing the new “Dandelion Toolkit” designed to support clear communication, empowering both patients and providers. Toolkits provided to participants free of charge.
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Quality Improvement in Breast Cancer Through BRCA Testing

To support quality improvement projects in breast cancer, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has joined with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGLC) to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) with the intent of funding QI initiatives that fully integrate BRCA testing into patient care plans in order to help inform the treatment decision-making process.
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Managing Patients with HER2+ Breast Cancer 

ACCC is partnering with AXIS Medical Education in an educational research project to assess the value of a robust, independent, quality-focused educational intervention that aims to improve a community cancer program's quality measures related to management of patients with HER2+ breast cancer (all stages). Two ACCC-member Cancer Programs are participating in the project. 
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  •  Breast Care ACCESS Project
    By Sharon Lieb Inzetta, RN, MS, CBCN, CN-BN, ONN-CG, and Laura L. Mussara, BS, MBA
    Through its Breast Care ACCESS Project, Summa Health redesigned its breast cancer care continuum to address disparities in treatment, reducing patient outmigration, increasing procedures and referrals, and lowering wait times.
  •  Creating a Place for Late-Stage Breast Cancer Patients
    Timothy J. Pluard, MD; Jane Peck; and Emily Kayrish
    Saint Luke’s Hospital’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer is one of the only centers in the United States dedicated solely to the comprehensive care of women with late-stage breast cancer.
  •  Closing the Loop with a Post-Biopsy Breast Clinic
    Kimberly C. Hutcherson, MD, and Katherine S. Michaud, MPA
    The Gwinnett Medical Center Breast Program Leadership Team saw an opportunity to create a more comprehensive diagnostic care pathway to include more timely results to breast biopsy patients, streamlined access to treatment specialists, and improved processes and communication with referring physicians.
  •  A Time for Healing: An Annual Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors
    Debbie DeNitto
    To help meet the unique needs of its breast cancer patients post-treatment, the cancer program at Winchester Medical Center hosts an annual overnight fall retreat (Saturday-Sunday).

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