Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer diagnosed in women and is much more prevalent in well-developed nations. The incidence of Breast Cancer per 100,000 Population is as follows; Eastern Asia 18, North Africa 28, South America 42, Western Europe 78 and North America 90. Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer and a 1 in 25 chance of dying from breast cancer.
The ubiquitous pink ribbon – everyone knows it symbolizes the search for a breast cancer cure. But now, not only is the pink ribbon everywhere, it seems that the whole world has turned pink. You can buy a pink frying pan or spatula, pink Barbie doll or boxing gloves, pink M&Ms or tic tac breath mints, even a limited edition Ford Mustang with a 'Pink Package!' These pink product purchases generate money for breast cancer research, mammograms for detection or treatment help for people without means.
Well then, if everything's pink, why does breast cancer still kill over 500,000 women (and men) worldwide each year? This has a simple two-part answer. First, breast cancer is a multifactorial disease that we've made progress in overcoming, but there's still a ways to go and second, the 'pinking of the world' has as much to do with product merchandising as it does with funding cancer research.
The good news is, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. There are millions of breast cancer survivors worldwide with at least 3 million in the United States. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, improved treatment and extensive research somewhat fueled by pink marketing.
Is There an Alternative to Mammograms?
Mammography can be an inherently lousy screening test for breast cancer. Women deserve better! Now is an opportune time to replace this outmoded screening tool. The only problem is there is nothing on the horizon, yet.
Mammograms are Lousy, Women Deserve Better
Putting special interest groups aside, don’t we owe it to ourselves to raise our voices and our pink ribbons in support of the development of even better methods and means of screening for breast cancer for the women we love?
PINK RIBBONS The Untold Story
Billions of dollars have been raised through the tireless efforts of women and men devoted to putting an end to breast cancer. Yet, breast cancer rates in North America have risen to 1 in 8. "What's going on?" asks Barbara Brenner in Pink Ribbons, Inc. a new film now playing across Canada.
Think Before You Pink
Think Before You Pink, a project of Breast Cancer Action, launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the overwhelming number of pink ribbon products and promotions on the market. The campaign calls for more transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast cancer fundraising, and encourages consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions.
ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis was founded by a group of women — led by Melodie Wilson — who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD’s founders are breast cancer survivors who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease.
Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation
The Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) is a non-profit organization whose purposes are to provide support and information by trained peer volunteers via the Breast Cancer Helpline, to help educate the public on the importance of early detection and breast self-exam, and to participate in community outreach programs.
American Breast Cancer Foundation
Our mission is to provide early detection education, and screening services to those in need, no matter what age, race, sex, or financial challenge. Advancing the work to advocate for and support the ever important research for a cure.
Ask Dr. Dixie
New, Personalized, Compassionate Consultation Advice from a Breast Expert
After 25 years of one-to-one breast health and breast cancer care, Dr. Dixie Mills is making herself available to more women as part of a new breast coaching program
Athena® bottled water was created for the cause — to end breast cancer forever. Athena® is proud to support the American Cancer Society and other organizations who share our mission. We want to encourage everyone to learn about cancer and lead a healthy lifestyle because everyone can make a difference in this fight.
Atlantic Breast Cancer Net
The site was developed to meet an information need for Atlantic Canadians affected by breast cancer. The site is designed to link and showcase Atlantic Canadian breast cancer web sites and online information.
Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition
The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition is comprised of dedicated and determined volunteers, each adding something special and always giving unselfishly.
Bay Area Breast Cancer Network
Bay Area Breast Cancer Network is a non-profit, organization committed to finding the cause, prevention and cure for breast cancer through Education, Support and Advocacy.
A wealth of information about breast cancer, from the experts.
Boarding for Breast Cancer
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a non-profit, youth-focused education, awareness, and fundraising foundation. Our mission is to increase awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the value of an active lifestyle.
This web site isn't about women's liberation. It's about liberating women.
We're not anti-bra. We're pro-breast.
We believe healthy breasts can support themselves, free of wires and hardware.
We believe there are no known health benefits from wearing bras - but there are disturbing parallels between wearing bras and the incidence of fibrocystic disease and breast cancer.
Bras and Breast Cancer
Although I am an environmental chemist (Ph.D in biochemistry), I have been doing a lot of literature research on breast cancer since I saw an article on the National Library of Medicine database over a year ago. That article documented an increase in breast cancer rates between women who do wear bras versus those that do not.
Breast Cancer Action
Founded in 1990, Breast Cancer Action was started by women in a San Francisco breast cancer support group who were frustrated by the lack of knowledge about their disease. Led by the late Elenore Pred, they created an organization that would help transform breast cancer from a private medical crisis to a public health emergency.
Breast Cancer Alliance
Our mission is to fund innovative breast cancer research and to promote breast health through education and outreach.
Breast Cancer Care
Our mission is to make a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer or with breast health concerns through the provisions of high quality, innovative, responsive services and by campaigning for excellence in breast cancer treatment and care.
Breast Cancer Charities
The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is the only non-profit bringing the “integrated cancer care” message to the women of America. We bring together the different healthcare and allied healthcare disciplines—oncology, nursing, psychology, sociology, nutrition, exercise physiology, spirituality and more.
Breast Cancer Lighthouse
Breast Cancer Lighthouse empowers women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer by providing them with a variety of resources to help them understand their cancer and seek effective treatment.
Breast Cancer Network of Australia
We work to ensure that Australians diagnosed with breast cancer and their families receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live.
Breast Cancer Online
BCO is a peer-reviewed educational service made available free to users working in the numerous fields of breast cancer research and treatment.
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
Our website is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and accurate information to medical professionals and the general public on how to prevent breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Recovery
The mission of the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation, Inc. (BCRF) is to provide environments for women to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically from breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina
Our mission is to provide North Carolina breast cancer patients, survivors, their families, friends and healthcare providers with free, comprehensive information, support and resources to help them through the breast cancer experience.
Breast Cancer Society of Canada
Our mandate is to fund vital Canadian research into improving the detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer as well as to ultimately find a cure and create awareness through education.
Breast Cancer Support
Survivors come to our site for support, information and to find someone who might have the same diagnosis as themselves.
Today, more women than ever are beating this rampant disease, and with the number of survivors growing everyday, our focus is to support you and your family along this journey. We are staffed by breast cancer survivors, and family members and friends of breast cancer patients.
The goal of Breast Intentions is to provide crisis intervention for women who are facing financial hardship as they battle breast cancer. Additionally, through our Pink Pact ™ initiative, it is the goal of Breast Intentions to educate young women about breast health and the need for regular breast self-examinations.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Singer/songwriter Jewel is the national spokesperson and her song Flower was written song to benefit breast reconstruction patients.
This site explores an approach based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a holistic medical system that can help you regain your natural healing ability.
Breaking news about current breast cancer research. News articles are continually updated with reviews and commentary from our breastcancer.org experts
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in North American women. It is a leading cause of cancer death, second only to lung cancer. Simply being a woman and getting older puts you at risk for breast cancer.
At Breastlink, we are committed to and passionate about delivering the best treatment and care possible to women. We are relentless and innovative in our investigation and research into the cause, cure and eradication of breast cancer.
Brides Against Breast Cancer
It is our intention to “make a difference” in the lives of those suffering from this devastating disease. Our wish-granting service helps put the realities of this terminal illness aside, if just for a few days, while providing the opportunity for a family to spend quality time together.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
The Mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer and improve the quality of women's health through innovative research, education and advocacy.
EduCare Inc., a dedicated breast health education company, was founded in January 1994 by Judy C. Kneece, RN, OCN. For more than 18 years, EduCare has been a leader in providing the highest quality breast health educational materials for patients and healthcare providers, along with training healthcare professionals.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Force's mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Gastric Breast Cancer Network Center
The site is dedicated to provide cutting edge research news, information and educational resource. GBCNC is focused primarily on gastric cancer and breast cancer.
Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Our mission is to help local breast cancer organizations in their fight to raise breast cancer awareness, to work for its prevention, and to bring comfort and help to patients and families in our community.
Here you will find the newly diagnosed and the long term survivor who share their experiences during treatment. We celebrate our succssses and share our failures.
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Network
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC) is a not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Association
IBC is a less common type of breast cancer which usually presents with signs and symptoms that more closely resemble a benign breast infection like Mastitis than a serious presentation of breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Whether you need information on breast cancer treatment, testing or side effects, we are dedicated to assisting you by offering easy access to a wealth of information specific to your needs.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, dedicated to challenging all obstacles to the eradication of breast cancer, believes that compelling research exists linking environmental toxins to the dramatic rise in breast cancer incidence over the past several decades.
Men Against Breast Cancer
Our philosophy is to leverage the support of the whole family to help the patient, with special emphasis on the important role of the husband/partner in caring for the woman he loves.
Mothers Supporting Daughters With Breast Cancer
Our mission is to provide support to mothers of daughters with breast cancer, providing the optimum support mothers need to help them, in turn, support their daughters, so they can jointly cope with the effects breast cancer has on them as women
National Breast Cancer Coalition
Since 1991, the National Breast Cancer Coalition's trained advocates have lobbied at the national, state and local levels for public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides you with the tools and the power you need to take control of your health, and ultimately, your destiny.
NeoMatrix | Breast Health Solutions
Based in Irvine, Calif., NeoMatrix develops innovative devices that allow women and their doctors to promote optimal breast health. The company's premier product, the HALO Breast Pap Test, is the only fully automated, non-invasive breast cancer risk assessment device...
PA Breast Cancer Coalition
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and unique outreach initiatives.
PInk - Link | Online Breast Cancer Support Network
When you join Pink-Link (it's free!), you are instantly linked to a network of fellow survivors, family members, medical pros and others who, in essence, become your "pen pals" via our website. 24/7, we are here for each other.
Save Lids to Save Lives
For many, Yoplait has become as synonymous with breast cancer research as we are with yogurt. We are proud that over the last 15 years, our commitment to the cause has resulted in nearly $35 million from all our donation programs.
Share Cancer Support
SHARE Cancer Support is one of the leading ovarian and breast cancer organizations online, offering support for women with breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Stay in the Pink
Early detection saves lives. Our goal is to make monthly breast self-exams a part of every woman's health regimen, along with annual doctor exams and mammograms.
Susan G. Komen
Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer — transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
TABC is a 501 (C) (3) organization formed in 1996 that puts breast cancer awareness at Centre Court, educating people about the disease and raising funds.
The Breast Cancer Site
The Breast Cancer Site was founded to help fund free mammograms for women in need – women for whom early detection would not otherwise be possible. Since its launch in October 2000, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism and in the fight to prevent breast cancer deaths.
The Breast Site
The Breast Site has been developed with one purpose in mind - to give users up-to-date information on a wide variety of areas of interest related to breast health.
TheBreastCareSite.com was developed to address the general needs of all who have been touched by breast cancer, including newly diagnosed patients and long time survivors, as well as their friends, family members and coworkers.
Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
The VBCF goals are to establish the eradication of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer and to educate all Virginians on the truth about breast cancer.
Young Survival Coalition
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer.