Issue No. 2
Focus on Prevention
Interview with John Fetting, M.D.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve seen substantial progress in the battle against breast cancer. With screening mammography, we diagnose breast cancer earlier. Treatments have become more effective and, when we give them at an earlier stage, we prevent recurrences which are almost always fatal. More patients are surviving and living full lives, and I’m very excited and gratified by that.”
But, Fetting added, breast cancer incidence world-wide is still increasing. “We must find ways to prevent breast cancer. We need the same kind of concerted effort that has been mounted to cure breast cancer.” The good news is that scientists are making discoveries which point the way to prevention. Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have led the way in understanding the biology of cancer. Our breast cancer physicians and scientists are working on new ways to prevent this disease, but there is so much more work to be done and prevention continues to be an underfunded area of research.
Competition for grants is fierce and very often good work is not funded at all or funding is not renewed.
“We need philanthropy. We need support from committed, generous partners in this effort to prevent breast cancer.”
The Fetting Fund Campaign
Meet Leslie Ries Breast Cancer Survivor
Advancements in treatment options for breast cancer are not enough. We have to try and intervene— to protect ourselves, our children, and others from getting this disease. That is what we are doing in this campaign.
The past seven years since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer have been life changing for me and for my family. I am grateful for the wonderful care I received. However, I can’t bear to think that my daughters and the mothers, daughters, and sisters of others would have to go through what I have been through. I don’t want them to be treated. I want them to never have cancer in the first place.
The John Fetting Award in Breast Cancer Prevention at Johns Hopkins, will support promising new ideas, both in the laboratory and in patient care.
We are grateful to Dr. Fetting and the team at Johns Hopkins who helped me to survive, and we have the utmost confidence that this team will take the fight against breast cancer to the next level and find ways to actually stop it from occurring in the first place.
We all deserve a future without cancer.