For more than 25 years, Komen for the Cure 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. Komen for the cure has helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors through tangible results:
*More Early Detection:
Nearly 75% of women over 40 years of age now receive regular mammograms. In 1982, less than 30 percent of women received a clinical exam.
According to Susan G. Komen for the cure, the five year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is not 98 % as compared to 74% in 1982.
In the past 25 years, the federal government increased its support for breast cancer research. In 2007 the federal government devoted more than $900 million as compared to $30 million in 1982.
America's 2.3 million breast cancer survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the United States are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.