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Where you live
shouldn’t determine
whether you live.

A Global Movement and a Global Promise
At Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 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 74 seconds, someone in the world 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.

Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure™, we have invested almost $2 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries.

Countries like . . .

  • Bahamas, where 23 percent of Bahamian women diagnosed with breast cancer carry the BRCa1 gene mutation - the highest known population in the world to carry this high-breast cancer risk mutation.
  • Egypt, where breast cancer strikes women at a younger age compared with the United States or Europe.
  • Mexico, where more than half of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at late stages.
  • Zambia, where 37.1 percent of breast cancer deaths occur in women aged 15-49 years.

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 that:

  • Increase breast health awareness and access to detection and treatment of breast cancer
  • Recruit and fund medical staff
  • Provide services to breast cancer survivors and their families
  • Recruit and train lay ambassadors to promote breast cancer awareness and treatment messages in underserved areas around the globe.

In the next 25 years, another 25 million people will be diagnosed and another 10 million will die, with most of these deaths occurring in countries with limited resources, including 30 countries in Africa and Asia.

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