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Breast Cancer Charities

Published August 18, 2011        by Nicole

breast ribbon Breast Cancer CharitiesCancer, in one form or another, has affected just about everyone, either directly or indirectly, at one time or another. Breast cancer accounts for 10.5 percent of all cancer in women, making it the second most common cancer affliction, after lung cancer, and No. 5 in the list of the most common cause of death from cancer-related illnesses. In 2004, breast cancer caused 519,000 deaths worldwide. That was seven percent of cancer deaths and nearly one percent of all deaths. Breast cancer is about one hundred times more common in women than in men. However, men do not fare as well against the disease, which is likely due to the fact that it is caught much later in diagnoses. These delays in identification mean that the cancer has a greater length of time to progress and continue to attack the body. In order to show support and in the hope that a cure will be found in the near future, people all over the world continue to support breast cancer charities.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) was founded fifteen years ago by Evelyn Lauder. Evelyn survived her personal cancer ordeal and is a senior corporate vice president of the Estee Lauder Companies. This organization helps fund research to find ways of preventing and curing cancer. This Foundation is part of the pink ribbon organization and hosts many fundraisers each year.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Marisa C. Weiss, MD., a radiation oncologist, started this organization in 1991. It was started from her home with volunteer staff members. Today, this organization provides support for breast cancer survivors, important resources for those seeking answers, and information for those trying to learn about this disease. The LBBC uses 83.7 percent of its funds to help patients with treatment, recovery, diagnosis, and survival. LBBC also offers support to caregivers and health professionals who work with breast cancer patients. This foundation is part of the pink ribbon organization as well.

National Breast Cancer Foundation. The mission of the NBCF is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. This organization also participates in the Pink Ribbon Charities. NBCF was founded seventeen years ago by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. Today, NBCF uses 80 percent of its donations for free mammograms to needy women who otherwise couldn’t afford the test. These funds also support education, early detection, and research for a cure.Flickr photo Credit: Irina Souiki

Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Their website is available in ten different languages and also offers emotional support, information, and services for patients, survivors, and caregivers. BCNS is based out of Illinois, but has affiliates in fifteen other states. They use 76.8 percent of their funding towards programs for counseling, peer matching, education, and screening. This foundation has been offering support for breast cancer patients for thirty years and also participates in the Pink Ribbon Charities.

Most Charitable Impact. There are many other nonprofit organizations working to support the pursuit of breast cancer research, awareness, education, and early detection. The charities mentioned above are all rated as four-star charities by the Charity Navigator, which is a non-profit independent organization that evaluates charities. You can go to Charity Navigator’s website and research more than 5,000 non- profit organizations. Here you will also find their budget operations ratings along with sustainability. You can rest assured that based on the Charity Navigator ratings, the above charities will put your donations to good use.

For those women (or men) in your life that are fighting breast cancer, show them you are thinking of them with a pink ribbon gift basket.