The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
The World Health Organization reports, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer; therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The following organizations are dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Visit their web sites to find out more about how you can get involved through deeds and donations.
National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.
American Cancer Society
Join the fight against breast cancer. Your support helps us raise awareness and funds that help people reduce their risk of cancer; provide free programs and services for breast cancer patients; and fund groundbreaking breast cancer research. Your participation also helps our advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, make sure breast cancer remains a priority issue for elected officials.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Susan G. Komen is the voice for the more than 3 million breast cancer survivors and those who love them, working to ensure that the fight against breast cancer is a priority among policymakers in Washington, D.C., and every Capitol across the country.
The foundation is proud of its work over the years to protect breast cancer screening and research funding and to advance breast health and cancer care policy at the federal and state levels. For more information, visit http://ww5.komen.org/
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programmes as part of national cancer control plans. The recommended early detection strategies for low- and middle-income countries are awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical breast examination in demonstration areas. Mammography screening is very costly and is feasible only in countries with good health infrastructure that can afford a long-term programme. For more information, please visit http://www.who.int/cancer/events/breast_cancer_month/en/