The number of breast cancer organizations is striking because,
only a little over 20 years ago, they did not exist. Of course,
in terms of knowledge about, awareness of, and treatment procedures
for breast cancer, a lot has changed in the last 20 years
The following sections deliver interesting facts about the
various breast cancer organizations: who some of them are;
what their goals are; how they raise funds for their programs;
what some businesses are doing for breast cancer. All want
to raise awareness of breast cancer and provide a means of
getting breast cancer education to the public. Most want to
help with research into this disease; some want to provide
programs for screening and treatment on the local levels.
All want to find a cure as soon as possible and totally wipe
out breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was one of the first organizations dedicated solely to breast
cancer and its cure. There are several other outstanding breast
cancer organizations which are also discussed below. In order
to sustain their programs, all need funding and many have
found yearly events, like walks and runs, help in this area.
These walks/runs have additional benefits because the publicity
for each event raises awareness of breast cancer and the need
for education, screening, advocacy and research.
Cancer Stamp was initiated by The United States Postal Service in their new program for fundraising
stamps. USPS dedicates the net proceeds to breast cancer
research. Other businesses also donate portions of their net
income from breast cancer items to breast cancer organizations.
The pink ribbon has become a major symbol of breast
cancer awareness throughout the world and the original
idea for it was launched only a few years ago, in 1991. Since
then, the pink ribbon has been made into jewelry and other
items, using the profits for needed funding and for keeping
everyone mindful of breast cancer. Now the pink ribbon is
unofficially used by all breast cancer organizations because
it simply conveys all of the reasons for their existence.
Below you will find a list we have compiled of some organizations that may provide you an opportunity to take action, seek help, or learn more.
A partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this site shares stories from survivors of breast cancer, as well as the individuals who supported them. The Breast Cancer Site also offers a vast assortment of related merchandise.
Since 1997 The Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation (BCRF) has specialized in helping those diagnosed with breast cancer through their partnership with Infinite Boundaries, a company that coordinates wellness retreats.
Breast cancer discussions, support, experiences, chat, medical and research information with twelve topic boards.
For over 10 years, breastcancer.net has been a viable online resource for information pertaining to breast cancer research and treatment.
Founded in 1996 by Mary Waterman, who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, The Breast Cancer Alliance’s mission is to provide education and research in the fight against breast cancer.
Breastcancercoach.com is a site founded by Dr. Talia Miller, a survivor of breast cancer. The site takes a holistic approach to the healing process through breast cancer recovery coaching.
The Breast Cancer Fund was formed in 1992 by Andrea Ravinett Martin with the objective of making breast cancer a priority of public health.
This organization dates back to 2001, when a group of women battling breast cancer came together to share their experiences. The camaraderie they shared together inspired them to meeting and eventually The Breast Cancer Group was formed.
A very extensive site containing information on self-examinations, cysts, and other manners related to breast health.
Facing Our Risk OF Cancer Empowered (FORCE) was created to address the needs and concerns of women facing an increased risk of developing cancer due past family history.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was established in 1991 by Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, during a time when information on breast cancer was not as readily available to women in need.
The Linda Creed foundation was established in 1987, by the Philadelphia songwriter’s loved ones after her decade long battle with breast cancer.
A national organization dedicated to helping men support their loved ones stricken with breast cancer, MABC is the first of its kind.
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer (MSDBC) was founded in 1995 by Charmayne Dierker and her daughter Lillie Shockney.
While providing general facts and information, The Breast Care Site’s main focus is on issues that survivors of breast cancer face, including more sensitive topics, such as issues with intimacy post-surgery.
Y-ME is a national breast cancer organization. Their website contains comprehensive information, with several translations available at a click.
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is a unique international conglomerate of breast cancer survivors and supporters focusing on issues relevant specifically to young women and breast cancer.
Janet Brown is a medical writer
and graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Her personal
experiences with breast cancer have drawn her to her current
work developing breast cancer patient education and awareness
materials. She currently lives in Georgia.