We’ve carefully selected these breast cancer nonprofits because they’re actively working to educate, inspire, and support people living with breast cancer and their loved ones. Nominate a notable nonprofit by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stats about breast cancer are sobering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. And about every 13 minutes, a woman dies from the disease.
But there’s hope.
While incidences have increased for women of some ethnicities, the overall death rate is decreasing. And according to the American Cancer society, in the United States alone there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors.
Several organizations are actively advocating for prevention, treatment, and awareness. Their efforts are helping people living with breast cancer, their families, and healthcare professionals gain access to more support and better care.
Check out our list of nonprofits that are particularly outstanding.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) aims to prevent and cure breast cancer through advancing research. Since being founded in 1993, they’ve raised over half a billion dollars toward global cancer research. Their site details why research is so important and how to get involved. It also provides more information about the group and its impact. Their blog brings you the latest research, fundraiser, and community news. Inspired to donate or fundraise? The foundation’s financial disclosures and CharityWatch group ratings show they’re highly trustworthy.
Tweet them @BCRFcure
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) brings you trusted breast cancer education and support. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or in remission, LBBC looks to help people at every stage. The organization, started by an oncologist in 1991, provides a wealth of education and planning tools for breast cancer. The site is packed with references, directories, resources, and guides to help you through your journey. It also brings you the latest scientific, regulatory, and community news. Check out their Breast Cancer Helpline for peer support from a survivor.
Tweet them @LivingBeyondBC
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Formerly the Breast Cancer Fund, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is on a mission to prevent cancer by eliminating the causes. As the leading science-based advocacy group, it seeks to end public exposure to environmental toxins in an effort to prevent cancer. Since 1992, the group has published studies and mobilized for government action and new legislation. It’s also worked with companies to make products safer. Visit the site to learn about the organization, as well as see science and policy news and publications. Check out their suggestions for getting involved in the fight to prevent cancer.
Tweet them @BCPPartners
Breastcancer.org aims to empower people living with breast cancer and their loved ones. By giving comprehensive, up-to-date, trustworthy information, the organization helps people choose the best path for their needs. In addition to discussing disease types, symptoms, side effects, and treatments, the site offers tips for the day to day. This includes topics like how to pay for care, managing your fatigue, and balancing your illness and your job. It also touches upon important age- or season-specific advice. Visit their site to learn more about lowering your risk or find support from their community.
Tweet them @Breastcancerorg
Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) seeks to help those with metastatic or Stage IV breast cancer. They’re dedicated to empowering, educating, and advocating for the community. Their site is full of personal stories and experiences, along with tools. It also provides resources for treatments and clinical trials. You can also learn about living and coping with cancer, upcoming events, and advocacy initiatives.
Tweet them @MBCNbuzz
Breast Cancer Now
Breast Cancer Now wants to end women dying from breast cancer. The UK’s largest breast cancer research charity is dedicated to funding cutting-edge work. They believe that today’s research can stop breast cancer deaths by 2050. Their site provides information about breast cancer and research, also highlighting ways to get personally involved, such as donating, volunteering, fundraising, and more. Check out their research, guest, and volunteer blogs to get a snapshot of the field and community.
Tweet them @breastcancernow
Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Action admits they’re not the typical breast cancer organization. Founded by women with breast cancer, the group advocates for “health justice.” They’re fighting to bring the community unbiased information and to stop overtreatment. They want to ensure public health comes before corporate profit, and to reduce access to cancer-causing toxins. Breast Cancer Action promises to tell the hard truths about breast cancer. For example, the group challenges that money raised in breast cancer’s name isn’t being utilized. Seeking greater accountability, they started the Think Before You Pink project. Visit their site to learn more about the social injustices and inequalities surrounding breast cancer.
Tweet them @BCAction
Young Survival Coalition
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) helps women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Founded by three women diagnosed before age 35, the organization aims to bring better resources and support to others like them. YSC provides in-depth educational info and advice for living with cancer. It also highlights research and ways to get involved with the cause. The site fosters community, helping you to connect with others both on and offline. They encourage you to be inspired by reading real survivor stories and to share your own.
Tweet them @YSCBuzz
Catherine is a journalist who's passionate about health, public policy, and women's rights. She writes on a range of nonfiction topics from entrepreneurship to women's issues, as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post, and other publications. She’s a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.