Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has been dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Having invested over $1.5 billion to the fight, they are the global leader of the breast cancer movement and have played a critical role in every major scientific advance over the last 27 years. Some real victories include:
more early detection - nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).
more hope - the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
more research - the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
more survivors - America's 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.*
Visit www.komen.org to learn more about this organization's important efforts as they continue to work to achieve their vision... a world without breast cancer.
*www.komen.org/aboutus/ourwork | photo by: Clifford Norton Studio, a Komen Gold sponsor