As the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research (investing more than $920 million since inception), Komen has funded nearly $160 million in metastatic disease research since its founding. Komen has funded another $110 million in research on aggressive forms of breast cancer – such as triple negative, inflammatory breast cancer and hormone-positive forms of breast cancer – that are resistant to standard treatments. “The majority of breast cancer deaths are from metastatic breast cancer. We also know that aggressive forms of breast cancer are more likely to recur and spread, so we are focusing our efforts in both of these areas,” Salerno said. The new initiative aims to advance research into new treatments for aggressive and metastatic disease. Komen also will seek to leverage next-generation technology that can detect and allow treatment of primary or recurrent breast cancers at their very earliest stages. Komen’s Work in the North Texas Community As a part of Komen’s national strategy to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50% in the next 10 years, Susan G. Komen North Texas has renewed its commitment to investing in community programs providing breast cancer and breast health education, screening, diagnostics, and treatment to the under and uninsured residents in its 13-county service area (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Wise counties). In those 13 counties, there are no county hospitals, most counties do not have a county hospital, and they have one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. For many residents, especially in rural areas, there are simply no options for affordable, quality care. That’s where Komen North Texas and its community partners come in. This year, Komen North Texas has invested more than $756,000 in breast health programs, education and outreach programs, and national scientific
research. “I felt a lump in my left breast. I was scared because I do not have insurance or money to see a doctor. I cried in bed every night. I had no solution and no hope,”
said Mary*, a recipient of Komen North Texas funded services through a current grant recipient, the Asian Breast Health Outreach Project (ABHOP). With the help of a friend, Mary learned
about ABHOP, who in turn informed her that her treatment would be paid for by Komen North Texas. “I survived because of the love from ABHOP and the free medical services offered by Komen North Texas,” said Mary. “I understand I still have a long way to go in my cancer fighting journey. However, I know there are organizations like Komen North Texas who will help me when I need them. I now have hope in my life.” Komen North Texas invests in community programs through its fundraising activities and events, including the Plano Race for the Cure. For more information about Komen North Texas events, please visit komennorthtexas.org. Progress to Date Salerno said Komen’s bold goal builds on the progress of the breast cancer movement since Komen was founded in 1982. “Death rates from breast cancer have declined by 37 percent since 1990. We have more treatments than at any time in our history. We’ve come a very long way from a time when breast cancer couldn’t be discussed publicly. Our new bold goal requires us to take a deeper dive and stretch further to ensure that every woman or man can be told, ‘There is help and hope for you.’” *Patient’s name has been changed for privacy purposes.