Poverty, less education, and a lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival rates.
National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) was founded to fill in the gaps of cancer care, ensuring every woman has the access and information she needs to get through every step of her breast cancer journey.
Over the last decade, NBCF has provided over 192,000 mammograms, over 858,000 patient navigation services, and over 240,000 breast health education services to women in need.
Why take action?
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the U.S.
- Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to survival — the earlier the stage at diagnosis, the higher the 5-year relative survival rate
- More mammography means more lives saved (15-20% relative reduction in mortality)
- 11% of all women in the U.S. are uninsured. As a result, millions of women don’t have access to life-saving mammography services.
- Access to breast health care and services increases financial and emotional well-being (higher quality of life)
NBCF is increasing access to breast health care and services. By working with hospitals and breast centers in communities across the U.S. to help remove barriers to critical screenings, they are helping women detect their breast cancer in its earliest stage when it is more treatable.