Marisa Weiss, M.D. is the founder of Breastcancer.org.
Breastcancer.org is one of the world’s most trafficked online resources for breast cancer and breast health information. Every year, breastcancer.org receives millions of visitors from over 230 countries.
Weiss, a breast cancer oncologist with more than 20 years of active practice in the Philadelphia region, is an advocate for breast cancer. Her commitment to empowering and informing women about breast health is remarkable.
In 2000, she developed breastcancer.org. Breastcancer.org offers over 6,000 pages of original, peer-reviewed medical content and illustrations on every aspect of breast cancer, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. The website also provides research news and "Ask-the-Expert" conferences plus a vibrant worldwide "cyber community" featuring 24-hour chat rooms and discussion boards, where women give each other information, hope and support.
Weiss devotes four days a week to the medically-reviewed website. In addition, she sees patients three days a week.
In a telephone interview, this visionary and breast cancer advocate said, ʺBreastcancer.org is a safe and reliable place for women to go and get for the best medical information. Women can go to the site anytime of the day or night.ʺ
Ironically, Weiss recently learned that she had invasive Stage 1 cancer in her left breast.
In a recent interview with NPR, Weiss stated, "So I am a direct beneficiary of early detection. And so I feel very grateful to have a high-quality mammogram, a digital mammogram. I believe strongly that women should get their first mammogram starting at age 40 and have it each year after that — and start even earlier if they're at higher risk."
A year ago, a federal task force re-issued recommendations for mammograms. The new guidelines call for postponing routine screening for women at average risk to age 50, from 40, and recommend scans every other year instead of every year.
Weiss was one of their fiercest critics of the new guidelines. According to her, "Mammograms aren’t perfect, but they save lives.ʺ Weiss said one may have saved hers.