Top 10 Social HealthMakers

Conversations on the Leading Edge

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness about breast cancer and the 210,000 women in the U.S. who are diagnosed each year. It is also a time to remember those who have lost battles with this terrible disease. The courageous individuals identified in “SharecareNow 10: Breast Cancer” are pushing forward vital online conversations about breast cancer and its risk factors and treatment options to patients and caregivers. The list features a mix of award-winning journalists, physicians, cancer survivors and activists, each seeking unique ways to change breast cancer discussion in America. To answer your own questions about breast cancer -- from symptoms and treatments to living with the disease -- visit www.sharecare.com/topic/breast-cancer.

  • http://usatoday.com

    Liz Szabo is a medical reporter with USA Today, where she covers cancer, heart disease, pediatrics, public health, women's health, parenting, AIDS, infectious disease and environmental health. Szabo was awarded the Excellence in Media Award by the Campaign for Public Health Foundation sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.

  • http://kevinmd.com

    Stacey Vitiello, MD, is a breast imaging specialist and blogger. In addition to writing on KevinMD.com, she writes the blog "The Breast Diaries" on StaceyVitielloMD.com, and contributes to The Atlantic as a health blogger. Dr. Vitiello attended the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and received her fellowship at the Yale University Medical Center, where she was named the Radiology Fellow of the Year in 2000. She is certified by the American Board of Radiology, and is currently on staff at Montclair Breast Center in New Jersey.

  • www.integrativecanceranswers.com

    Dr. Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD is a leading edge authority in the field of Integrative Cancer Care, Cancer Prevention and Immune Enhancement. She is the Founder of IntegrativeCancerAnswers.com where she offers online programs and resources that empower and transform. Dr. Chilkov brings over 30 years of clinical experience combining the best of Modern Functional Medicine with the ancient wisdom of Traditional Oriental and Natural Healing. She is a highly respected expert in her field, a frequent speaker at conferences, educational institutions and a trusted resource to the media.

  • http://medpagetoday.com

    Charles Bankhead is a medical writer who contributes to MedPageToday.com. He has been a writer for 20 years, with experience as a writer and editor at numerous publications, including Medical World News. He began his career as a health and science writer at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and mass communication from Texas Tech University. Bankhead has received awards and accolades from various organizations, such as the American Heart Association, Public Relations Society of America and Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

  • http://everydayhealth.com

    Kathy-Ellen Kups is a cancer fighter herself. She was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2003 and has been cancer-free since April 2004. She has been writing the breast cancer blog "Life with Breast Cancer" for EverydayHealth.com since 2006, and has guest-blogged for the Washington Post. Through her writing, she describes her personal fight with cancer and provides users with valuable information to help them in their fight against the disease. A registered nurse, Kups uses her blog to encourage others to be vigilant about their health and advocate for cancer patients, including those who are medically underinsured and uninsured.

  • http://breastcancer.about.com

    Pam Stephan is the Breast Cancer Guide for About.com, and a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2002 and uses her personal experiences as a patient and caregiver (her husband's family has a history of cancer) to help provide readers with the best information to make better decisions about their treatment options. Stephan knows firsthand how daunting the process of cancer treatment can be, and has made it her priority to provide patients and their loved ones with the resources necessary to make them feel empowered and encouraged in their fight.

  • http://pinkribbonblues.org

    Gayle Sulik, PhD, is author of the blog "Pink Ribbon Blues" and the book Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health. As a medical sociologist, Dr. Sulik seeks to start a new conversation about breast cancer awareness that refocuses attention from consumption and corporate sponsorship toward individual women's suffering -- something she feels should be at the heart of all breast cancer dialogue. She is currently a social science researcher and writer affiliated with the University at Albany (SUNY) Department of Women's Studies.

  • http://ap.org/

    Marilynn Marchione is chief medical writer for the Associated Press, covering major medical meetings and national health stories. Prior to writing for the Associated Press, she wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chicago Sun-Times and Akron Beacon Journal. She was awarded the 2010 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting for bringing medical science information to readers in a way that is relevant to their personal health choices.

  • http://cnn.com

    Elizabeth Landau is a health and science writer and producer for CNN. Landau's articles cover everything from obesity and mental health disorders to medical devices and cancer. She earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswire. Landau currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • http://noboobsaboutit.org

    Jean Campbell is a breast cancer survivor and author of the blog and online resource "No Boobs About It". The site seeks to educate the public about breast cancer therapies, help navigate breast cancer during and after treatment, provide information on the latest research and therapy options and offer patients relief from often exhausting treatment regimens. Previously, Campbell worked as director of the American Cancer Society's New York City Patient Navigator Program, which partners with hospitals and healthcare providers to make cancer screenings an easier process.

Methodology: How is influence measured?

Influencers included in “SharecareNow 10: Breast Cancer” have demonstrated influence within breast cancer conversations online. Influence is calculated through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 40 individual metrics, including disease-area relevance and online syndication, presence and reach. All metrics are based on content produced over the past year (from the list’s publish date) across multiple online channels, including Twitter, blogs, forums, mainstream news and video.

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Release: October 8, 2012    |   Source: SharecareNow, powered by WCG: data on file