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Research Improves the Lives of Women with Breast Cancer

Annually, about 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed across the U.S. Locally, more than 1,000 women in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region will likely face a breast cancer diagnosis in the next year. However, in the last 20 years, there has been a 30 percent decrease in breast cancer mortality, thanks in part to research that’s led to improved treatments.

Research helps inform clinicians on the most up-to-date treatments and is critical to the care the patient receives.

“Because we do these kinds of research and we participate in these kinds of research, our patients have access to these new treatments earlier than most people out in the community and certainly benefit from it,” says Kristin A. Skinner, M.D., F.A.C.S. “Because we’re involved, we know about the results before anybody else does and can really change our practice more quickly based on good data that’s coming out every day.”

The Community Makes Breast Cancer Research Possible

Support from members of the community is vital to advancing breast cancer care nationally and in our own region. Rochester is fortunate to have many individuals, groups and families who donate and hold fundraisers to benefit local breast cancer research.  

For the last 10 years, Paula Bokman and Blanche Shearer have hosted an event called Keeping the Hope Alive to support breast cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute. Since starting this event, they’ve raised more than $64,000.

Joseph and Elaine Bucci believe research is the key to changing the future of breast cancer, a disease that has touched their own family and friends. They committed $1 million to support breast cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Institute.

A gift of any amount adds up to support research and to benefit those diagnosed with breast cancer in the Rochester region. Show your support by giving today.

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