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Cary S. Kaufman, MD, FACS
Medical Advisor

Leslie Jacobson
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Cary Kaufman was trained at UCLA and the University of Washington. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Washington and the Medical Director of the Bellingham Regional Breast Center.

Originally trained as a general and vascular surgeon, due to his rapport with patients, more and more patients with breast problems were referred to his practice. Within a few years, over 50% of his practice was caring for breast cancer patients, who require increased attention and an empathic ear to achieve the best overall treatment. For the last 20 years, his practice has been solely related to breast care.

As a breast surgeon, his professional life has focused on one-to-one individual patient care, with special interests in research and teaching physicians about breast care. He has lectured on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer both nationally and internationally, including 10 years as a lecturer in the teaching courses of Dr. Laszlo Tabar, the world’s foremost expert on mammography. In addition to lecturing across the US, he has lectured in China, India, Peru, France, Denmark, Brazil and Ukraine. He is a member of the National Ultrasound Faculty of the American College of Surgeons and frequently lectures on use of breast ultrasound.

Dr. Kaufman is current Chairman of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a past Board Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, a current Trustee and Past-President of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a current member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, a past representative to the Commission on Cancer, and previously a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA.

He has been a journal reviewer for the Annals of Surgical Oncology, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Breast Journal, JAMA, and the Journal of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Kaufman has published over 50 articles on multiple aspects of breast care, diagnosis and treatment, including pioneering work on cryoablation for breast tumors, measuring the quality of breast care, defining the value of preoperative needle biopsy, use of ultrasound in the operating room, digital specimen mammography, choosing the optimal procedure for axillary surgery and other subjects related to breast care.

He and his wife, Leslie Jacobson, live in Bellingham, WA. They are the parents of three grown children.

Hope on the Horizon: Breast Health News from Dr. Kaufman

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"It’s my favorite necklace to wear especially because it gives me a sense of solidarity and unity in support of the work towards a breast cancer cure, and for the value and importance of breast health for everyone."

Marilyn Freeman, Los Angeles, Ca

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“Rarely do you find jewelry that not only is beautiful to wear but also has a deep meaning. The Breast Milagro is just that. The deep meaning and comfort it brings to a family member dealing with Breast Cancer is beyond words. There truly is an energy of good that radiates from the Breast Milagro and brings peace of mind to the person wearing it. If you want a meaningful gift that perfectly expresses your support for someone with Breast Cancer, this is it.”

Kim Sarubbi, Santa Monica, CA

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“I used the Breast Milagro to give to my friends at a memorial for my best friend who died of breast cancer. It was a moving experience to watch each woman open her necklace and read the card. They put them on immediately, and some have never taken them off. One of those friends is also going to give them to her friends. I still have my original necklace and I wear it every day.”

Ann Livingston, Novi, MI

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“The Breast Milagro has had tremendous significance in my life. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, and I have no less than a dozen friends whose have also been faced with the challenge of breast cancer. I find great joy in sharing the healing powers of the Breast Milagro when I have had the opportunity to present it to someone as a gift. It makes me smile when someone I know proudly shows me that they are wearing their Breast Milagro and ‘feeling the healing’ both emotionally and physically.”

Jenn Elden, Winthrop, WA

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“My Breast Milagro necklace has meant so much to me. I still wear it every day, even though my treatments are officially over and I have moved into ‘survivorship’ mode. My family and friends all have theirs, as gifts from me, to remind them to get regular mammograms.”

Darleen Page, Bellingham, WA

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“Whenever I wear my Breast Milagro, I think of my mother. Although she has been gone for almost 9 years, I somehow feel that she knows I wear it especially for her. It may sound silly but when I put it on, I quietly say to myself, ‘I love you, Mom.’ And in my own heart and head, I hope she hears me.”

Lindsay Sanders, Chicago, IL

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“The Breast Milagro came into my life at a very scary time for me, after they told me that I had Breast Cancer. To me, it was – and is – a sign of hope, love, support and faith. The creator of this special piece is one of my personal Angels.”

Amy Holland McDonald, Lahaina, HI

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“I have two Breast Milagros. One is a pin that I keep in my wallet. It’s a quiet reminder every time I reach for change. The other is a pendant that I wear on a chain. It’s beautiful and it goes with everything. I always get comments on it, which gives me a chance to explain what it means, and what it means to me. I remember a time when you couldn’t say the word ‘breast’ out loud. Now, I’m glad to have the chance to talk about it and to show how a simple piece of jewelry can continue the conversation and keep the cure in our hearts.”

Arlene Ring, Anaheim, CA

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“I love this necklace! When I wear it, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness to me. How He carried me and encouraged me and gave me hope and strength when I battled breast cancer 13 years ago. When I look back at that time now, I thank Him for it, because that experience brought me closer to Him.”

Arlis Bosman, Everson, WA

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“The Breast Milagro is a beautiful pendant, a gift to me, a symbol of ‘LIFE.’ I wear The Breast Milagro with hope to inspire others, to help support, and give hope back to other breast cancer patients.”

Elizabeth Ambriz, Lima, Peru