Breast Cancer Awareness Cont'd (4)

Friday, October 25, 2013


"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank


As most of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of that, I've decided to dedicate every Thankful Thursday post to raising awareness about breast cancer by doing some research and educating myself and then relaying that information to you guys! You can read my previous post here, where I talked about different ways of preventing and treating breast cancer. Today I'll be talking about Susan G. Komen For the Cure. All my information will come from the Susan G. Komen for the cure website (http://ww5.komen.org/) unless otherwise specified by an 'x'. 



Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do anything and everything to end
Left: Susan G. Komen; Right: Nancy G. Brinker
breast cancer forever. In 1982, this promise became reality in the form of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer with events like Komen Race for the Cure, investing almost $2 billion to fulfill the promise of ending breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world. To learn more about Susan G. Komen's story and battle with breast cancer you can click here.

"Susan G. Komen for the Cure's mission is the same today as it was the day of its founding: to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer."

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has made huge leaps in the fight against breast cancer, helping turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. Over the years they have achieved significant victories including:

- More early detection and effective treatment: Currently, about 70% of women 40 and over receive regular mammograms. Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33% decline in breast cancer deaths in the U.S.
-More hope: In 1980, the approximate 5 year survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was about 74% and today that number has increased to 98%.
-More research: In 1982 the federal government devoted $30 million to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention. Today it devotes more than $850 million each year!
- More survivors: There are currently about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S (all information from here)

More than 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually over the next 20 years, killing 11 million of them, with most new cases coming in countries least prepared to deal with them.

Well, Komen for the Cure has been working to end breast cancer everywhere. Today, they have partnered or funded programs in more than 50 countries as part of their nearly $1.5 billion investment in breast cancer research, education and community programs since 1982. To date, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has provided more than $27 million in funding for international breast cancer research and more than $17 million for international community education and outreach programs. They have also sponsored Komen Race for the Cure events in Germany, Italy, and Puerto Rico and expanded the Race for the Cure series in seven other countries. (All info from here)

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been changing lives since 1982, and I believe that one day we will find a cure to breast cancer, I just hope I'm alive to see it! Stay tuned next week for my last breast cancer awareness post which will cover raising awareness! (: If you want to learn more about Susan G. Komen for the Cure and how you can help, you can visit their website here.

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