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How Breast Cancer Organizations Work

Breast Cancer Support Organizations

As mentioned before, more than 220,000 women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer on a yearly basis. And during their battle, these people need support from the people around them. A breast cancer support organization is designed to be a friend, a shoulder to cry on and even a source of laughter in a breast-cancer patient's life. The support can help inspire those affected by the disease to fight. All across the globe there are thousands of these support organizations -- it's likely that some are even stationed in or near your hometown.

If you've ever seen throngs of crowds decked out in pink costumes, or been invited to run a local 5k for breast cancer awareness, then you've probably already heard of the "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" organization. After Komen's life was taken by breast cancer, her sister Nancy, G. Brinker, wanted to fulfill a promise she made to Komen by trying to help patients diagnosed with the disease. In doing so, Nancy G. Brinker (Komen's sister) founded what is now the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors, volunteers and activists [source: Susan G. Komen for the Cure]. Susan G. Komen for the Cure focuses on preventing death, providing quality care and pushing for scientific advances in the search for a cure. The organization accepts volunteers and donations.

As mentioned before, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and offer outlets for you to help. If you struggle with finding a support organization near you, contact your local hospital for assistance. Medical centers are always familiar with support organizations for any disease, especially breast cancer.

Although National Breast Cancer Awareness Month only comes once a year, breast cancer affects lives year round. So, whether you feel motivated to help with testing and treatment or be a friend when one is needed the most, you have the power to make a difference in someone's life.

To learn more about what you can do, visit the links on the next page.