Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the 2nd most common cancer overall. In 2012, nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases of breast cancer were diagnosed around the world (25% of all cancers). At the current rate, approximately 42 million cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women over the next 25 years and 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 50 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.
Although breast cancer is a global disease, beliefs and approaches to its diagnosis and treatment vary greatly, in part due to differences in cultural norms, health care systems, and economic conditions. In this context, no single approach to breast cancer will prove effective around the world. For these reasons, Susan G. Komen® is partnering with local non-profit organizations in communities worldwide to implement innovative programs aimed at increasing awareness, education, screening, and quality access to care. Through local grants we strengthen organizations and networks and replicate successful programs that can be implemented on a larger scale. To date, Komen has awarded more than $31 million for international community education and outreach programs.