Susan G Komen for the Cure was founded on a promise between two sisters.
Susan G. Komen, or Suzy, was diagnosed with breast cancer and died at the age of 36. Prior to her death, she asked her sister, Nancy Brinker, to all that she could to prevent others from going through what she had endured.
In 1982, Nancy Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We are now a Global organization, with 124 Affiliates in the US as well as in Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico
We are the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists in the world.
With over 1.5 billion dollars to date, Susan G Komen for the Cure is the world's largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to curing breast cancer.
Susan G Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in almost every major advance in Breast Cancer in the past 28 years.
The West Michigan Affiliate coves 5 counties
-Kent -Ottawa -Montcalm -Muskegon -Newaygo
Money we raise each year, primarily through our premier fundraising event, RFTC, as well as other events and donations throughout the year stay right here in our own backyard!
-25% goes to HQ for groundbreaking research
-75% stays in our service area funding grants that support
education, screening, and treatment for under-served women.
• One in Eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
• One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes in the US
• Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer in the US
• Every 74 seconds, someone dies in the world, from breast cancer
• More women are diagnosed with breast cancer, than any other type of cancer, and it is second in cancer deaths only to lung cancer
• The two biggest risks, for developing breast cancer are being female and getting older
The Message: Know Your Normal
*KNOW YOUR RISK!
Talk to your Health Care Provider
-Ask your doctor what screening tests are right for you
-Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at
-Have a clinical breast exam every 3 years at age 20 and then
every year starting at age 40
*KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU!
Know how your breasts look and feel and report any changes to your Health Care Provider right away
*MAKE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Making health lifestyle choices may reduce your risk of breast
For information on how to participate in this year's Race for the Cure: www.komenwestmichigan.org