Women’s Cancers: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, striking one in eight women during her lifetime. When detected early, nearly 100 percent of women survive at least five years. The Magee-Womens Breast Care Program is one of the largest comprehensive breast cancer programs in the country, and its breast imaging centers around Allegheny County perform more than 100,000 digital mammographies each year. Magee’s medical and scientific knowledge and innovative surveillance methods give virtually every woman in our region easy access to quality care and advanced detection for fighting breast cancer.

The Women’s Cancer Research Center at Magee-Womens Research Institute examines the causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer, and assesses the psychosocial and behavioral impact of breast cancer on a woman’s quality of life. Magee now has more than 20 clinical trials underway to study prevention and treatment approaches for breast cancer.

Magee also provides outreach to those who are battling breast cancer through support groups, educational programs, and materials like the Strength & Courage DVD.

Strength & Courage: An Exercise Program for Breast Cancer Survivors

Dr. Sharon Cowden, a pediatrician and breast cancer survivor, and Janette Poppenberg, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer®, collaborated to create an exercise DVD for breast cancer patients. The ladies of Strength & Courage are behind the compilation of exercises helpful to women who are surviving breast cancer and want to get back to the life they lived before their diagnosis.

Here are a few ways Strength & Courage can benefit you: