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Susan G Komen for the Cure

November 23, 2009

Susan G Komen for the Cure (originally Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) was founded by Komen’s sister, Nancy Brinker. Brinker began the organization as a promise to her sister whose life was cut short due to a three year fight with breast cancer. In the timeline you will find dates and information starting at the birth of Susan Goodman Komen through today.

When Susan G Komen lost her battle with breast cancer, only 30% of women received routine mammograms, only 74% of women who caught the cancer early on survived, and the government issued only $30 million dollars to the research, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer.

Now, in 2009, because of Nancy Brinker and her global breast cancer movement….

 75% of women over 40 now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early.

The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is 98%.

The Government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention.

“America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.”

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Click here to view the Susan G Komen for the Cure Timeline