Dr. Judith Salerno: September 21, 2016

Breast Cancer:
What Must Be Done Now to Save More Lives

CEO of World’s Largest Breast Cancer Organization Focuses on Finding Better Treatments for the Most Aggressive Forms of Disease and Ensuring Equal Access to Care


Dr. Judith Salerno

President and CEO, Susan G. Komen

On the eve of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, hear about the progress against breast cancer from the president and CEO of the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Dr. Judy Salerno can also answer questions about breast cancer risk and steps that listeners can take to reduce their risk for the most common cancer diagnosed in women.

The Susan G. Komen organization is at the forefront of addressing barriers and ensuring continued progress in the fight to end breast cancer forever.

Breast cancer is a serious and deadly disease. Almost a quarter of a million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year – and 40,000 will die.  Since 1990, the breast cancer death rate has dropped by 37percent and more than 3 million women and men in the United States now call themselves breast cancer survivors. Susan G. Komen is determined to build on this progress – investing in cutting-edge research focused on the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, addressing barriers to quality treatment and care, expanding community outreach, and supporting a new generation of breast cancer researchers.

Susan G. Komen CEO Dr. Judy Salerno is available to discuss the following:

What Research Has Taught Us – Where It’s Going: The next 10-15 years promise an explosion in breast cancer treatment research. Susan G. Komen has been on the forefront of the science, investing more than $889 million in research since its founding in 1982 (the largest investment of a nonprofit and second only to the federal government). Find out what this research has taught us and what the future holds.

Addressing Barriers: Socioeconomic barriers are associated with lower survival rates among African-American and underserved women. African-American women, for example, are about 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer, even though they are less likely to be diagnosed with the disease. Closing this gap requires research and community outreach programs. Hear Salerno’s take on Komen’s drive for health equity for all.


Treating Metastatic and Aggressive Forms of Breast Cancer: Most breast cancer deaths today are a result of aggressive or metastatic breast cancers. Although there are more options for these patients than ever before, more needs to be done. Hear how Komen is tackling aggressive and metastatic disease.


How Women Can Reduce Their Risk: Breast cancer at this point cannot be prevented; however, research has shown that there are scientifically proven ways – within our control – to reduce our risk.  This includes maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, understanding your risk, and limiting alcohol intake. Susan G. Komen is fighting breast cancer on all fronts: through lifesaving community outreach, innovative research, advocacy and global programs.

More About Judith Salerno:

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen®, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and for setting Komen’s strategic vision. Dr. Salerno brings extensive experience in research, public health policy and community health to the role. Before joining Komen, she was the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, serving as executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute.

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