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Dr. Marisa Weiss: Visionary Advocate for Women With Breast Cancer

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Dr. Marisa Weiss: A Visionary Advocate for Women With Breast Cancer Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Dr. Weiss

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to Breast Cancer.org. No one wants to be part of such a dreadful statistic, but life has a way of surprising us.

My mother was that 1 in 8, as was her mother before her. Thankfully enough, my mother was on top of her breast health and caught the disease at stage zero, before it had time to wreak any serious havoc.

However, because of her family history, she opted for a double mastectomy and still struggled with the disease just as any woman might.

My mother read numerous articles online regarding how she could improve her health, and over time, after a series of doctor visits and checkups, she was cancer-free.

Although my mother prevailed through different issues, one thing that proved consistently helpful in her battle was the knowledge she gained from Breastcancer.org.

So, years later, when I told her I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder, president, and chief medical organizer of Breastcancer.org, we were both equally excited.

Breastcancer.org provides free advice and medical care to the thousands of women affected by this disease. Dr. Weiss’s website provides breast cancer patients with helpful and educational information they can use when seeing their primary doctor is not an option.

Before Dr. Weiss was the founder, president and chief medical officer of a renowned website, she was a breast oncologist in the Philadelphia region. And, since she comes from a medical family of public service, caring for others became a definite part of Dr. Weiss’s career.

Dr. Weiss treats each of her patients with special care. She started Breastcancer.org with the same mentality to give women everywhere the exact attention they need.

One way in which this is accomplished on her website is through the different sections dedicated to categories such as Symptoms and Diagnosis, Treatment & Side Effects, Day-to-Day Matters, Lower Your Risk, and Get Involved. People accessing the site can find what they need quickly and efficiently.

Marisa Weiss, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, President and Founder. BreastCancer.org. Retrieved July 27 2016.

U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics. Breast Cancer.org. Retrieved August 3 2016.

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