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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Landau was 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.
Several types of cancer can form in the breast, making it the second most common cancer that affects American women. Breast cancer affects over 200,000 women each year. The cancer develops when abnormal cells crowd out healthy one...s, potentially causing a lump in the breast or a bloody discharge from the nipples. More