National Breast Cancer Coalition
Yesterday, I heard myself telling three different women, at three different times, about the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Most of us know about ACS and the Komen Foundation, but fewer know about NBCC. It is a very different group. focused on advocacy and political involvement/action. We can thank them for much of the research funding for breast cancer. I am posting here a little about their history and then a link to read more.
Do learn about this marvelous organization and, if it suits you, consider getting involved. A good start would be their annual Advocacy Conference in the spring. There is funding to help women attend, and it is a terrific experience.
Revolutionizing the Breast Cancer Community since its inception
NBCC has been revolutionizing the breast cancer community since its inception in 1991. As an organization, we have separated ourselves from the pack with our mission to eradicate breast cancer, our determination to make the disease a priority for our government, our sense of urgency, our courage to ask hard questions, our thoughtfulness as we reject popular thinking and our integrity to stand up and challenge the status quo.
On September 20, 2010, The National Breast Cancer Coalition launched the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020—a call to action for policymakers, researchers, breast cancer advocates and other stakeholders to end the disease by 2020. Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 says it's time for accountability.
Is this a bold step? Absolutely.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition is determined to end this disease, the most common form of cancer among women in the United States, and is committed to the challenges necessary to overcome whatever barriers are in the way. So when people say, "This is impossible"—and they will say it—we say, "Bring it on!"
Meeting our goal will take all of our greatest efforts and we will end this disease by January 1, 2020 by focusing the administration, U.S. Congress, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. NBCC encourages all those concerned about this disease to become advocates for action and change. The Coalition informs, trains and directs patients and others in effective advocacy efforts. Nationwide, women and men are increasing the awareness of breast cancer public policy by participating in legislative, scientific and regulatory decisions, promoting positive media coverage and actively working to raise public awareness.
NBCC's Primary Goals
To achieve its mission, the National Breast Cancer Coalition has three primary goals:
- Research: to promote research into the cause of, and optimal preventive and treatment interventions for, breast cancer through increased federal funding, fostering of innovation and collaborative approaches, and improved accountability.
- Access: to improve access to quality breast cancer care for all women, from screening through diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly for the underserved and uninsured, through legislation and change in systems of delivery of health care.
- Influence: to educate and empower women and men as advocates, increasing the involvement and influence of those living with breast cancer and other breast cancer activists wherever and whenever breast cancer decisions are made