Real Talk About Breast Cancer

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Real help.
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Real Pink is taking real conversations about breast cancer from the doctor's office to the living room. Hosted by Adam Walker, episodes feature candid conversations with survivors, researchers, physicians, and more. Find answers to your toughest questions and clear, actionable steps to live a better life, longer. At Real Pink, compassionate storytelling meets real inspiration, and real support.

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Breast Cancer Resources

Find the information you need.

Risk Factors

Understand the factors that may affect your risk of getting breast cancer.

Screening & Detection

Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before warning signs or symptoms.


Learn about the process of diagnosis, follow-ups, and factors that affect prognosis and treatment.


Learn about treatment for early and locally-advanced breast cancers (stages I, II and III).

Financial Assistance

Here you’ll find resources to help with financial concerns.

Tools and Resources

Here you'll find information about our helpline, as well as resources and interactive tools.

Recent Episodes

Family Ties

Breast cancer screening and early detection play an important role in your health. Screening tests can help detect breast cancer at an early stage when the chances of survival are highest. In this episode, we will dive into the importance of screening and how that can help with early detection. As part of this conversation, we will also discuss why genetic counseling and testing is so important, along with the importance of having discussions about family health history, especially in Black families. Joining us for this discussion is Sharon Anderson, who is living with metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
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Knowing When to Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Morris, M.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of California Davis. She is a clinician and specializes in high-risk breast cancer screening. A pioneer in the field of breast imaging, she is at the cutting edge of research using advanced screening techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in conjunction with artificial intelligence to identify people at higher risk for breast cancer earlier, so they can receive more screening and catch breast cancer earlier. Her Komen work combines screening images, patient health information, genomics, and uses artificial intelligence to predict individuals at higher risk for breast cancer, in hopes of making a better model to identify those who would benefit from earlier or more frequent breast cancer screening. Dr. Morris is here today to talk to us about her passion for early detection and to help us understand when we should be getting screened for breast cancer.
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Recipes for Joyous Living

Finding and seeing joy in life can be a challenge. When you have been diagnosed with cancer four times and lost numerous family members to the disease, it can be even more of a challenge. However, Sulie Spencer has found ways to be victorious in body, mind and spirit and shines her light on every path she crosses. She is a great example of what faith in God, prayer and early detection can do. As a 46-year survivor, she is here today on our podcast alongside her daughter, Julie Washington, to share their family’s story, how to find joy in life despite life’s ups and downs, and how Julie was able to capture her mother’s spirit and passion for cooking in a book called Recipes for Joyous Living: A Story of Inspiration.
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Fighting while Expecting

In this episode of the Susan G. Komen "Real Talk" podcast series, Alison LoCoco and Kate Ratajczak share their personal journeys of being diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. As guests on the show, they candidly discuss the challenges they faced during this difficult time and offer insight into how they navigated the complex and emotional decisions that came with their diagnoses. Hear firsthand how these two women balanced pregnancy and breast cancer treatment, while also taking care of themselves and their families. With this episode, the series aims to provide a platform for honest and raw conversations about breast cancer, with a focus on underrepresented experiences such as pregnancy and motherhood. Tune in to gain valuable insight and a new perspective on breast cancer, from two brave women who have been there.
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Reframing the Discussion for Surgical Options After Breast Cancer

After undergoing a mastectomy, women can either proceed with a reconstruction or “go flat”, but today’s guest says that the correct decision is what’s best for the patient. As an oncoplastic breast surgeon at City of Hope Chicago, Dr. Carolyn Bhakta performs surgical procedures for patients with breast malignancies, ranging from the earliest to advanced stages of disease. Dr. Bhakta works closely with her patients to understand their cancer needs and goals to identify the most appropriate surgical options and to heal her patients both physically and emotionally. When it comes to breast cancer surgery, there are no wrong decisions – only personal decisions.
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Connecting Black Cancer Patients to Financial Coverage

In an effort to drive systemic change, Komen partnered with ASCO and a group of health care institutions to develop and test interventions that address breast health inequities in the Black community. Here’s a peek into a success story at Parkland Hospital & Health System in Dallas, where the intervention helped connect Black cancer patients to financial coverage and ultimately improved their access to care. We are excited to speak to Maripat Hodges, Cancer Program Manager at Parkland Hospital, to learn more about this success story.
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When Breast Cancer Hides in Plain Sight with Lynda Weatherby

This week on Real Pink we are hosting daily conversations about breast cancer that hides in the shadows: metastatic breast cancer (MBC). In the US alone, MBC is expected to kill 42,000 people. This special episode, featuring Lynda Weatherby, is part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About Lynda Lynda Weatherby is living with metastatic…

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What’s Your Family History? with Susan M. Domchek, MD

 Even though you cannot change your genetic makeup, knowing your family health history can help you reduce your risk of developing any kind of health concerns. Today, we’ll learn about how to better understand your risk of breast cancer, how to talk with your doctor and how to make better informed choices.  We’re going to…


Breast Cancer is Unacceptable with Paula Schneider

Every 13 minutes, one woman will lose her life to breast cancer. That is unacceptable. As we enter into National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Real Pink speaks to those on the front lines in the fight against breast cancer and those touched by this devastating disease. About Paula Paula Schneider is president and CEO of…

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Becoming a Change Agent through Public Policy Advocacy with Jamie Jones

Last month, more than 250 breast cancer patients, survivors and advocates representing Susan G. Komen® traveled to the nation’s capital to call on federal legislators with one voice and ask them to support funding and policies that improve the lives of those impacted by breast cancer.  This annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., included visits…

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Supporting a Loved One with Metastatic Breast Cancer with Michael Allio

About Michael It’s TRUE when they say that life could never prepare you enough for a cancer diagnosis. This was especially true for Laura and Michael Allio After being together for nearly 10 years, college sweethearts Laura and Michael Allio decided to tie the knot in 2012. Their lives appeared to be on the right…

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When you Don’t Have the Words with Molly Grantham

Many of our listeners here at Real Pink are breast cancer survivors, and they know first-hand the fear, confusion, anxiety of a breast cancer diagnosis. In this episode, we guest Molly Grantham shares insights on answering the questions: “What can you do to really help? What should you say? Is it better to just listen?”…


Everyone Deserves To Grow Up With a Mom with Kyla Thompson

In this episode, guest host Suzanne Stone of the More Than Pink podcast chats with Kyla Thompson, founder of #pinkkids about losing her mom to breast cancer. “It’s not just about changing the future, but changing the present, and creating an online space where the children of moms with breast cancer can connect and not…


Find Your Fierce with Emily Poeschl

Many of us are searching for ways to lead and create the positive change the world needs right now. While the problems of the world are too great to solve alone, there is no challenge we cannot tackle together. On today’s episode, Emily Poeschl joins the podcast to discuss “finding your fierce,” and being a…

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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer with Carol Smith

Today, it’s estimated that at least 154,000 people in the U.S. have Stage IV, or metastatic, breast cancer. Although metastatic breast cancer currently cannot be cured, it can still be treated – focusing on living a longer, healthier life with breast cancer. In this episode, Carol Smith shares her story of living with MBC. About…

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