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15-40 Connection advisor Dr. Peter J. Deckers and founder Jim Coghlin Sr.  emphasize the importance of strong doctor-patient relationships to the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases.

15-40 Connection executive director Tricia Laursen and young adult cancer survivor Brian Regan explain the significance of advocating for yourself as a patient.

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What is the mission of 15-40 Connection?

To improve cancer survival rates by teaching people how to detect it early.  Early diagnosis is the best medicine for cancer.  Our 3 Steps Detect program teaches people to recognize early warning signs of cancer and how to work with doctors to accelerate the process that leads to diagnosis and to receive the most effective care.

How is 15-40 Connection different from other organizations?

15-40 Connection focuses on the path that leads to diagnosis. To detect cancer early, patients play a critically important role and 15-40 Connection teaches and empowers people to do this. Reducing delays in diagnosis and diagnosing cancer early can greatly increase your chances of survival. It’s an advantage we want everybody to have.

Why is this education important?

Nearly 40% of the US population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime (that’s 10 out of every 25 people).  As the World Health Organization stated succinctly in its 2017 Guide to Early Cancer Diagnosis.

Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing the greatest likelihood of successful treatment, at lower cost and with less complex interventions.

What is the impact of the education?

Delayed diagnosis is preventable. Healthcare is a team sport and patient participation is critical. Our education empowers the patient to support early diagnosis.

We don’t talk about cancer the same way we talk about other diseases. When we do, it saves lives. Just as death rates fell dramatically when the medical community identified smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure as risk factors, a new conversation about how to recognize the early warning signs of cancer can cause life-saving changes.

Increased awareness saves lives. Since increased awareness of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke by physicians—and increased awareness of symptoms by the public—death rates from cardiovascular diseases have fallen by almost 50 percent, while death rates from stroke have fallen by 60 percent since 1970**

Delayed diagnosis is preventable.  Since 1975, improvements in cancer survival rates for 15 to 40 year-olds have continuously lagged behind all other age groups. Delayed diagnosis is a major culprit of this shocking statistic.

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