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Where you live
shouldn’t determine
whether you live.

A Global Movement and a Global Promise
At Susan G. Komen® our mission is a world without breast cancer and we won’t stop until that becomes a reality. We promise to end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Here's what motivates us to take action and fulfill the promise for the future.

  • Every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies of breast cancer.
  • About 75% of women with breast cancer in developing countries are diagnosed in clinical stages III and IV, whereas approximately 70% of newly diagnosed women with breast cancer in North America are in stages 0 and 1.
  • By 2020, researchers expect more than 75% of the new breast cancer cases will be among women under age 55 from developing countries.

Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided almost $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. 

Our Work Around the Globe
The work of Susan G. Komen around the globe is dedicated to reaching underserved people in areas where breast cancer death rates are highest. We do so with projects in areas like: 

Komen is a founding partner of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative, which launched in 2011 to screen for, and treat, cervical and breast cancer through health platforms developed for HIV/AIDS. PRRR operates in Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Botswana (the latter for cervical cancer only). 

Latin America
A $5 million grant from the Caterpillar Foundation is allowing Komen to work in Brazil, Mexico and Panama to educate women, and assess health infrastructure and access to cancer care. Through the program, more than 16 million individuals have been exposed to breast health information, and 25,000 have received specific breast self-awareness training, and 1,500 medical providers have been trained in breast cancer detection.

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