Breast cancer causes cells in the breast tissue to divide and grow without normal control. 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed and 40,000 people dying annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.
There is hope, but there is still much to do. Thanks to heightened awareness, grants that provide quality and timely access to care and research aimed at improved treatment methods and outcomes, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.
In addition to our affiliate, which can provide information on local resources, Komen.org offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis, treatment and much more, You will even find support tools for patients, survivors and co-survivors. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.
To speak to someone about breast health or breast cancer concerns, you can call 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636). You may also view a list of current Komen Central Indiana grantees here.