Breast cancer statistics can be hard to come to terms with. In 2016 alone, it was estimated that over 240,000 new cases of breast cancer would be diagnosed in women, in addition to an estimated 2,600 diagnoses for men. Deaths from breast cancer for 2016 were estimated to reach over 40,000 for men and women combined.
Numerous organizations around the world provide services, support, and guidance to people with breast cancer, or raise funds and awareness around the disease in an effort to move ever closer to a cure.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re highlighting some of our customers whose mission and services focus on breast cancer and those affected by it. We’re proud to be able to assist these organizations and all the nonprofits we work with in achieving their goals.
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Breast Cancer Resource Center, a Central Texas nonprofit, provides guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of local women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC helps each woman find her footing and determine the solutions that are right for her.
All of BCRC services are offered free-of-charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income, ethnicity, level of education, sexual orientation, or social support.
For women diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be difficult to know where to turn or what to do next. BCRC pairs each client with a Certified Patient Navigator — someone who is uniquely qualified to provide guidance, support, and access to community resources. BCRC’s educational programs provide access to trustworthy, reliable information for all phases of treatment and all stages of the disease.
Lastly, BCRC provides financial assistance for various exams and procedures like biopsies and mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women throughout Central Texas, as well as financial support for key needs like housing and medication for women struggling with the expensive costs of breast cancer treatment.
Donations to Breast Cancer Resource Center make it possible for women in Central Texas affected by breast cancer to receive invaluable support and services. A $500 donation, for example, provides 10 mammograms. Volunteers can get involved with BCRC by assisting women affected with breast cancer, visiting patients during chemotherapy treatments, and helping out at events or hosting events.
You can learn more about BCRC on their website.
Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen helps to fight breast cancer globally through a variety of methods. Founded in 1982, Susan G. Komen has made impressive strides in the fight against breast cancer. Here are some of the incredible contributions and achievements of this organization.
- $2.9 billion invested in mission programs to date, including community programs, research, advocacy and global work.
- Played a part in 37% reduction in breast cancer mortality rates from 1990 to 2013.
- Largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government ($920 million invested to date).
- This Fall, Komen set a new Bold Goal to cut breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. in the next decade.
In addition to funding breakthrough breast cancer research and community programs that provide women and families with financial assistance, wigs, transportation, childcare, social support and more, Susan G. Komen educates people on breast cancer and provides free information and support through their Komen Breast Care Helpline (1-877 GO KOMEN). Komen also advocates for patients and a sustained investment in breast cancer research and programs in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals across the country. The organization is also active in more than 30 countries worldwide.
You can donate to Susan G. Komen on a one-time or recurring basis, and you can select where you’d like your donation to help out, including areas like general breast cancer research and triple negative breast cancer research. You can also get involved with your local Affiliate, participate in a Race, and volunteer.
Breast cancer’s prevalence may be intimidating and even frightening at times, but there are still many ways that you can make a difference. Consider supporting a breast cancer organization this fall.