Why Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.

Women who have screening mammograms have a lower chance of dying from breast cancer than women who do not have screening mammograms.[1] However, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed.


Poverty, less education, and a lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival rates.[2]

NBCF was founded to fill in the gaps of cancer care, ensuring every woman has the access and information she needs to get through every step of her breast cancer journey.

Providing Hope
" When I first heard of NBCF, their mission really resonated with me. They are about meeting women right where they are at in their breast cancer diagnosis and providing them with resources and hope. "
Patryce Breast cancer survivor & NBCF Community Ambassador
Providing Hope
Our Work

Over the last decade, NBCF has provided over 192,000 mammograms, over 858,000 patient navigation services, and over 240,000 breast health education services to women in need.

Navigating breast cancer
Navigating breast cancer
" Having a patient navigator really helps people get the treatment they need that they cannot afford. Like me, I could not afford it. Without the navigator, I would not have been able to do it. "
Shalundria Breast cancer survivor helped by NBCF
Navigating breast cancer

Screening & Diagnostics

Why are we taking action?

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the U.S.
  • Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to survival — the earlier the stage at diagnosis, the higher the 5-year relative survival rate
  • More mammography means more lives saved (15-20% relative reduction in mortality)
  • 11% of all women in the U.S. are uninsured. As a result, millions of women don’t have access to life-saving mammography services.
  • Access to breast health care and services increases financial and emotional well-being (higher quality of life)

What are we doing?

NBCF is increasing access to breast health care and services. By working with hospitals and breast centers in communities across the U.S. to help remove barriers to critical screenings, we are helping women detect their breast cancer in its earliest stage when it is more treatable.

Learn more about NBCF’s National Mammography Program.

Patient Navigation

Why are we taking action?

  • Barriers in the complex cancer care system can prevent patients from getting the care they need
  • Some populations have higher mortality rates from breast cancer than others, and patient navigation helps reduce cancer disparities
  • Patient navigation has been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality rates
  • Navigated patients report improved quality of life and increased satisfaction with the health care system
  • Navigation helps support patients so they can return to their families, jobs, and lives

What are we doing?

NBCF is working to remove the barriers in the complex cancer care system, such as cost, fear, and misinformation, that prevent patients from getting the care they need in a timely fashion. Good, timely care and support can increase the quality of life and likelihood of survival by keeping women on track with their treatment and follow-up survivorship appointments.

Learn more about NBCF’s Patient Navigation Program and research supporting the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.

Education & Outreach

Why are we taking action?

  • Poverty, less education, and a lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival rates
  • Many women and families are unaware of the importance of early detection of breast cancer or that services are available to help them navigate the complex healthcare system
  • Information about health promotion is not readily available in underserved communities – usually minorities or people in the low socioeconomic status (SES) bracket
  • Studies have shown that individuals who are uninformed about their health are less likely to take advantage of early detection services like mammograms
  • The individuals mentioned are at a higher risk of dying from breast cancer because they are diagnosed at a later stage when the disease is harder to treat

What are we doing?

NBCF provides critical information to women and families about how they can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, find breast cancer early, access screening programs, and eliminate barriers to quality treatment if later diagnosed. We are empowering women to advocate for their own breast health.

Learn more about NBCF’s Breast Health Education Program & Navigating Breast Cancer in the Workplace Program.

Support Services

Why are we taking action?

  • Many breast cancer patients can feel isolated and hopeless throughout their journey. A support system can greatly help reduce the stress of dealing with cancer.
  • A solid support system is an important part of survivorship. Research shows that stress and anxiety related to a breast cancer diagnosis can be reduced with proper social support while also increasing quality of life.
  • Every year in the U.S., 30,000 women are diagnosed with Stage 4 (terminal) cancer. These metastatic patients often feel misunderstood, ignored, and even isolated from other breast cancer survivors.
  • Adjusting to the “new normal” of breast cancer survivorship requires hope and tools for coping.
  • Most patients attending support groups feel more emotionally fulfilled, get help managing side effects, and experience less pain and anxiety.

What are we doing?

NBCF provides critical support for patients at every step – whether they’re newly diagnosed, facing a terminal diagnosis, or facing breast cancer alone. Our goal is to ensure every patient and survivor has access to emotional support, guidance, and resources throughout their journey.

Learn more about NBCF’s HOPE Kits, Support Groups, and Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreats.


Education and timeliness of care make an impact on breast cancer survival rates, particularly for underserved communities. Our vision is that one day, no one will have to navigate breast cancer alone.

“By supporting the earlier diagnosis and treatment of women with breast cancer, NBCF is helping women live longer and healthier lives.”
— Janie Lee, PMD, MSC, Director of Breast Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Sources: [1] National Cancer Institute, [2] American Cancer Society

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