Foundation is a trusted source of breast health and breast
cancer information for people all over the world. Resources
The Foundation's award-winning web site provides up-to-the-minute
information about research findings, clinical trials, local
outreach programs, volunteer opportunities, Komen programs
and events, and more.
1.800. I'M AWARE®, a National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline
staffed by trained, caring volunteers whose lives have been
personally touched by breast cancer.
The Orange County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation has an excellent set of trained volunteers who
visit different groups and organizations is the community
to give free presentations on breast health, breast cancer
facts, Race for the Cure®, Breast Self examination and
more. Presentations are always tailored to each specific group's
needs and wants. For more information, on how to share a potentially
life saving message with your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 714.957.9157 ext 64.
The Orange County Affiliate also funds resource centers throughout
the county in order to distribute free information on breast
cancer and breast health. For a list of locations, please
Located in our Komen office is a wig bank for women who cannot
afford a wig during her medical treatments. Breast Cancer
patients are invited to our wig bank for a free wig, hat and
scarf. The wig bank operates on an appointment basis only.
Please call 714.957.9157 to set up an appointment. Spanish
and Chinese speaking volunteers are available for assistance.
Orange County, one out of eight women will be diagnosed
with breast cancer during her lifetime.
cancer is the leading cause of cancer death of women between
the ages of 40 to 59.
women are at risk of breast cancer: The two most significant
risk factors are being female and getting older. Only 5%
of women with breast cancer have a hereditary form of the
average woman's chance of getting breast cancer is about
one in 200 by the age of 40, one in 50 by age 50 and one
in 25 by age 60.
77% of women with breast cancer are over age 50. Half of
all breast cancers in the United States occur in women 65
years and older.
Orange County, an estimated 1,920 new cases will be diagnosed
this year and 350 men and women will die of the disease.
(American Cancer Society)
California, there will be an estimated 22,490 new cases
of breast cancer this year. Women will account for 22,415
of these diagnoses, and men, 135 cases. An estimated 4,195
women and 35 men will die of breast cancer this year. (American
detection and follow up care are the keys to survival. Diagnosed
at an early stage, the five-year survival rate for women
is 97%. Diagnosed at a regional stage, the rate is 78%,
and for a distant stage, a sobering 23%.
1995, 69% of the breast cancer diagnosed in non-Hispanic
white women was found at the early stage. For African American
women, this figure was 53%, for Hispanic women, 54% and
for Asian and Pacific Islander women, 62%.
good news is, with continued advances in screening and treatment,
breast cancer mortality significantly declined over the
percent of funds raised by Komen Race for the Cure ® nation-wide
support the Komen Foundation's Program, regarded as the most
innovative and responsive grant program in breast cancer today.
The Komen Foundation is often the only source of funding for
cutting-edge breast cancer research, much of which has led
to landmark discoveries in the quest to find a cure and prevent
its inception, the Komen Foundation has awarded nearly 500
international grants totalling more than $55 million. Grants
dissertation grants and postdoctoral fellowships to recruit
and retains young scientists in the field of breast cancer
clinical and translational breast cancer research.
technology research to improve breast cancer screening and
to address the unique needs of breast cancer survivors.
research to address the disparities that exist in breast
cancer incidence and mortality rates among specific populations.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Visit our national website for more news and information about
the Komen Foundation. View excellent resources there such
as the multimedia library and breast self exam presentation.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer
Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health
information dissemination, and other programs with respect
to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer,
rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer
patients and the families of cancer patients. For more information,
please visit http://www.cancer.gov/
To view the latest web articles on recent findings and studies,
which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
and the National Institutes of Health.
for FDA Mammography Program
The FDA has established a new website, www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography,
for its mammography certification program. The site can answer
your Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act (MQSRA)
questions while covering broad topics related to mammography.
Additionally, the site allows users to search for certified
mammography facilities in their area.
with Breast Cancer: A Guide for Facilitating Self-Help
Women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families are
turning to self-help groups to find the comfort, support and
information they need to learn to live with breast cancer.
Living with Breast Cancer offers encouragement and ideas to
women involved with breast cancer self-help groups. Together
with Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and PISCES -
Partners in Self-help Community Education and Support, the
Komen Foundation is proud to have played a role in the development
of this unique manual. To receive a copy of Living with Breast
Cancer please call Brandy Jones at 972.855.4312 or Y-ME at