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Brooklyn Reporter: Maimonides holds annual flag-raising for breast cancer awareness month


Patrick Borgen, chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Brooklyn Cancer Program, explained that military analogies are often used to talk about the fight against breast cancer. “It couldn’t be more appropriate if you look at the number of American women who lost their life to breast cancer from 2000 to 2010, one decade, that’s more than all of the American soldiers we lost in all of the wars we’ve ever fought combined in just 10 years,” said Borgen.

“So it’s perfectly appropriate to use military wartime analogy,” he went on.

“The good news is, I like to think of breast cancer as the great American tragedy and the great American victory,” he said, adding that the death rate from breast cancer since 1990 has almost fallen by half and it continues to decline.

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