A Promise Renewed: Advancing the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen: A Promise Renewed
Advancing the Fight Against Breast Cancer

In this video, Susan G. Komen President and CEO, Dr. Judy Salerno talks about the next generation of Komen’s mission – from funding of a new generation of breast cancer scientists, to caring for people in our communities more effectively.

Here are some facts about Komen’s impact to date.

Research Impact

  • In just 32 years, the five-year relative survival rates for early stage breast cancers have climbed from 74% to nearly 99% in the U.S.
  • Susan G. Komen has transformed the way the world treats breast cancer.
  • Komen wants to understand how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it at its earliest stages (even before symptoms appear) and how to better treat it and cure it.
  • Komen is devoting half of its research funding in 2014 to young researchers – to ensure continuity in breast cancer research.

Community Outreach and Advocacy

  • 75% of funds raised in local areas fund health programs in the communities where they were donated.
  • No other cancer organization has this extensive network of grassroots volunteers and staff dedicated to serving the unique needs of their communities.

Greater Collaborations

  • Komen seeks more opportunities for collaboration among major breast cancer, cancer and health organizations, with the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors as our primary focus.
  • Komen will work to establish more meaningful collaborations with many more organizations so they can more efficiently advance both research and care.

Global Partnerships

  • Today, Komen works in partnership to educate, screen and develop treatment programs in more than 30 counties around the planet.

Susan G. Komen is widely viewed as the inspiration and leader of a breast cancer movement that has changed the world. In just 32 years, five-year relative survival rates for early stage breast cancers have climbed from 74% to nearly 99% in the U.S. Breast cancer death rates have declined by 34% in the U.S. in just the past two decades. Personalized and less-invasive treatments have replaced the radical and often debilitating treatments that were the norm not that long ago.

Perhaps most importantly, from a time of silence and shame around breast cancer, Susan G. Komen has built a global community, millions strong, that supports and cares for people with this disease. No woman or man today alone with breast cancer.
These accomplishments are commonplace today but seemed impossible just one generation ago, when Nancy G. Brinker set out to deliver on her promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that Nancy would do all she could to end  breast cancer. Nancy and a handful of volunteers launched what would become a transformational global movement.

Over the next 32 years, Susan G. Komen invested billions in a mission that funds more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, along with community health and education programs that reach millions in the U.S. and across the globe. We educate, screen and care for breast cancer patients. We bridge gaps in the healthcare system to support the most vulnerable women and men. We advocate for them in world capitals, and we work to end breast cancer through partnership programs in more than 30 countries.

Millions of women and men are living with a breast cancer diagnosis today, with more options and more hope than at any time in our history. But there is much more to do when half a million women and men around the world will die of breast cancer this year, and more than 1.6 million will be newly diagnosed. Our work is essential, and our mission is far from done. As we embark on the second generation of our journey, we are determined to continue to adapt to the needs of the breast cancer movement, while meeting and overcoming the “impossible” challenges that remain. We will be guided, always, by our one true north: to end breast cancer forever.

Learn More: Visit komen.org.


Follow along all month-long as we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the various digital platforms of Komen Kansas City and use the hashtag #BCJourney to join in the conversation.

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