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2nd World Congress on Breast Cancer Co-chaired Session

On September 21st 2016 I had the privilege to co-chair a session entitled Innovative Therapeutic Approaches in Breast Cancer at the second World Congress on Breast Cancer in Phoenix Arizona.

A presentation by Pierre-Yves Desprez from the California Pacific Medical Center entitled “Novel Approach to Target Aggressive Breast Cancer cells using a Cannabis Compound” was very interesting. The abstract stated “We recently determined that the cannabinoid compound, cannabidiol (CBD) inhibited a program controlling tumor cell invasion and proliferation through down regulation of the Id-1 gene expression.  We also discovered the ability of this non-psychoactive, non-toxic, cannabinoid to significant reduce the metastatic spread of aggressive breast cancer calls in vivo.  CBD is now available in medical marijuana dispensaries and is being used by cancer patients who are desperate to try novel approaches to treat their metastatic disease.  Hopefully CBD should become available for clinical trials within the next few years”.

For further information see link below

http://www.cpmc.org/professionals/research/programs/science/desprez.html

Pierre Desprez, Ph.D. – Breast Cancer Research

Pierre Desprez, PhD – The main focus is the regulation of normal and cancerous breast epithelial cell phenotypes by helix-loop-helix transcription factors

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2nd World Congress on Breast Cancer Presentation

On May 5, 2016 I received notification that the abstract I submitted, “Understanding and Eliminating the Stigmatisms and Myths Associated with Male Breast Cancer” was accepted for oral presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Breast Cancer to be held in Phoenix, AZ from September 19-21, 2016.

Attending and speaking at this conference was a truly motivating event for me and provided an incredible opportunity to network and for our organization to increase MBC awareness globally. The link below shows the presentation in its entirelty.

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That’s Why We’ve Added the Blue

We’ve added some blue to the sea of pink
To ensure that all men will pause and think
Breast cancer’s a disease that affects men too
And that’s why we’ve added the blue


Breast cancer awareness and breast self exam
Are not just for a woman there also for a man
A Man’s Pink teaches us to pause and think

And that’s why we’ve added the blue



To increase survivor rates we’re striving to proclaim

The third week of October as awareness week for men

Increasing awareness allows us to survive

And that’s why we’ve added the blue


We’ve added some blue to the sea of pink

To ensure that all men will pause and think

Breast cancer’s a disease that affects men too

And that’s why we’ve added the blue
 
Herb Wagner – A Man’s Pink
November 11, 2011

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Video: Male Breast Cancer Video

This video was produced and posted on You Tube to promote the Third Week of October as Male Breast Cancer awareness week globally.

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Dublin Ireland Dragon Boat Festival 2012

Canadians Abreast traveled to Dublin Ireland to support the Dublin breast cancer dragon boat team the Plurabelle Paddlers in the dragon boat festival held on the Grand Canal on September 15-16, 2012.  Although it was cool, it was an absoutely wonderful and enjoyable experience paddling with the members from across Canada.

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Video: MBC Documentary On Hernando County Government Tv In Hernando County Florida

The following link is to the video hosted by Ann-Gayl Ellis and produced by Hernando County Government Broadcasting in Brooksville Florida on April 5, 2012 and which aired on April 13, 2012 on HCGB Channel 622.

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Article: Tampa Tribune 4 You. Oct. 29, 2011

I Made It: ‘I felt alone in trying to deal with this disease’
Herb Wagner, 68, Brooksville and Canada

GOAL:

To increase male breast cancer awareness to increase survival rates. To “Add a Little Blue to the Pink.”

WHY I DID IT:

After my modified radical mastectomy in March 2005, the only information I could find on the Internet regarding breast cancer was related to women. There was a lot of information and support both on- and off-line for women, but nothing available for men diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt alone in trying to deal with this disease.

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Video: MBC Awareness Speech in US House of Representatives

On October 25th 2011, Congressman Righard Nugent – Florida 5th Congressional District gave a one minute General Speech about male breast cancer and A Man’s Pink on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

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Video: A Man’s Pink Video For The Pink Well Challenge


On October 17, 2011 The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation announced 30 finalists in the Pink Well Challenge, a fundraising effort offering $1 million in matching grants to organizations engaged in breast cancer research, prevention, treatment and patient support throughout the U.S.   Dreamed up by Texas oilman, philanthropist and two-time cancer survivor Lester H. Smith, the Pink Well Challenge is symbolized by an active pump jack (oil well) in the heart of West Texas painted bright pink. Smith says it represents how he is using proceeds from his energy industry successes to “pay it forward” in supporting breast cancer research and patient care.  A Man’s Pink was chosen as one of the finalists.


 All finalists were required to produce a video which was hosted on the Pink Well Challenge website from Jan. 16 th to May 15th 2012. A Man’s Pink video includes a brief description of our mission along with a cross-section of 19 men diagnosed with breast cancer from the United States, Canada, Australia and England accompanied, in the background, by portions of two male breast cancer songs, That’s Why We’ve Added the Blue (Wagner & Pollard) and In Pink There is a Shade of Blue (Pollard & Mitchell) that were written and recorded for the video.  The full versions of the songs will be available on CD in March 2012.

The Pink Well Challenge provided us with a fantastic opportunity to fulfill our mission to increase MBC awareness and thereby afford men diagnosed with breast cancer the same survival rates as for women.  We were very successful in our initial fund raising efforts and thank the Pink Well Challenge for their matching donations in both Canada and the United States.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

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