Breast Cancer 101

Breast Cancer 101
a primer for researchers and patients

Samm McDonald
President Emeritus, Susan G. Komen San Diego

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 5:30-8:30 pm

Great advances have been made in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the last 25 years. Komen for the Cure® has played a critical role in these victories:

  • early detection rates have increased from less than 30% to nearly 75% for women over 40
  • pre-metastasis five-year survival rates are now 98% compared to 74% in 1982
  • 2.3 million people are breast cancer survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.

  • There is still much to be done. Breast cancer is not cured. 1 in 8 women in the U.S. continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer, more than 1 million could die over the next 25 years. Worldwide, about 25 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 10 million could die over the next 25 years.

    Come to hear the Komen presentation on Breast Cancer Risk, Screening, Diagnosis and Staging, Treatment, Support, Complementary Therapies, Clinical Trials, and New Findings. Continue to learn the latest updates on the Komen website, a primary resource for the most current information.

    Samm McDonald Samm McDonald served on the Board of the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and chaired many committees including the Race for the Cure, Board Governance, Volunteers, and Public Policy. Her current roles are as Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer and Teams Chair. Samm has personally raised over $350k in pledge monies for the Race for the Cure© and the 3-Day Walk.

    Samm received the American Cancer Society’s First Annual Celebration of Life Award in 1999 for continuing to excel in her career and community work after her personal fight against breast cancer. She was the 2000 Honorary Survivor Chair and received the Local Heroes award from BMW in 2001. In 2004, she received the Women Who Mean Business Award from the San Diego Business Journal and the Chairman’s Award from Children’s Hospital.

    Samm’s degrees are in Business Administration (National University) and an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Relations. She retired from Sempra Energy in 2004 after 34 years of service.

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    AMN logo 12400 High Bluff Drive
    San Diego, CA 92130


    Registration online : $25 (until September 12), $15 student/affiliate/in transition
    Onsite $30, $20 student/affiliate/in transition

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