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The real breast cancer stories behind the numbers

Maria, Emília and Betlem are some of the breast cancer patients who tell their stories. A personal reality that is behind the figures of the most prevalent tumor in women, but also one on which there have been more advances allowing 8 out of 10 to overcome it within five years of diagnosis.

On the occasion of World Breast Cancer Day, on October 19, the GEICAM Breast Cancer Research Group has launched the awareness campaign #DetrásdelaCifra with which it wants to emphasize that behind every data there are intimate and personal stories and that advancing research will provide an answer to the 34,000 cases that are diagnosed in Spain each year, one in every 100 in men.

“Figures are tools to measure what we do and what we earn to communicate and to improve. They are necessary, but behind each number there is a story, a person. Research has contributed to improving these figures and these percentages, and to the extent that we are able to do so, we will also improve the quality of life of a human being, of a patient with breast cancer”, he explains in the video of presentation of the campaign on doctor Álvaro Rodríguez-Lescure, member of GEICAM and head of the Oncology service at the General University Hospital of Elche.

Dialogues between patients and oncologists

In several videos, some patients tell their story and have a face-to-face dialogue with oncologists, while we learn about the numbers of this cancer.

One in 8 women will suffer from breast cancer:I am this one out of eight. Let me explain what is behind this number. My name is Emilia, I was diagnosed with the disease two years ago in the midst of a pandemic. It was like a big wave, my first thought was to heal and be able to continue being with my two-year-old daughter. On February 2, 2021 I was born again when I was told that the tumor had gone into remission thanks to the treatment“.

Metastatic breast cancer occurs in one in three early diagnoses: “I am this one out of three. Let me explain what is behind this number. My name is Maria, I am 47 years old, I am a doctor and in 2008, when my oldest child was only five years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer“.

About the relapse we have the example of Betlem, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38 and, after having managed to stop the disease with treatment, had a relapse. After 10 years since diagnosis, she is doing well and is a mother.

The importance of clinical trials

A prominent part of the three dialogues and stories revolves around the importance of clinical trials for improving the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Clinical trials are the main instrument for the advancement of research, and with the #DetrásdelaCifra campaign we want to inform and raise awareness of the need to promote these studies and to support academic, cooperative and independent research such as that developed by GEICAM , which seeks solutions to problems that are not studied from other areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, whose work is essential but which does not provide answers to questions that interest certain patients and on which GEICAM does focus”. according to the doctor Miguel Martinpresident of GEICAM.

The campaign has the support of the Spanish Breast Cancer Federation (FECMA), the Spanish Metastatic Cancer Association (CMM), the Male Breast Cancer Association (INVI) and the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Association (AMOH ).

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