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Causes: Cancer, Health, Women, Womens Studies

Mission: The National Research Center for Women & Families and our Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund is unique: we use research to prevent cancer and other diseases and to help people stay healthy and safe. Most medical and health decisions are influenced by financial interests -- companies are selling their products and health providers are selling their services. Our Center is different: we are completely unbiased. We examine the facts and help empower women and men to get the best possible medical care. We also fight for better programs and policies to help Americans be safe and healthy.

Whether fighting against misleading ads for medical products, or explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the latest experimental treatment, we fight for better programs and policies, we give away health and safety information for free, and we help reshape the public debate on important issues that affect all of our lives everyday.

Programs: The cancer prevention and treatment fund is focused on helping individuals prevent cancer and helping patients get the best possible medical care. We also help patients prevent cancer from returning. We provide a free online cancer hotline and other personalized assistance, and help professionals give patients the best possible care by providing training and assistance through continuing medical education courses, conferences, workshops, consultations, reports, and articles in medical journals.

aca project: this project includes compiling information and meeting with nonprofit health experts and state and federal officials regarding the implementation of the affordable care act. Our goal is to ensure that women with defective medical implants have access to medically necessary treatment, as the law requires.

implant health hotline and web site provides objective, research-based information to patients and consumers, including published articles, patient booklets, educating the media, and an online health hotline to help answer the questions of teenagers and adults.

the foremothers and health policy hero program is an awards luncheon that honors influential women over the age of 70 for their lifetime achievements on behalf of women and families, and a man or woman who has made a major contribution to public health. General health programs include assistance to adults and children with a wide range of health and mental health issues, including patients with symptoms and diseases, guidance for military family members, and dealing with domestic violence.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Diana Zuckerman and the National Research Center for Women & Families is an incredible resource for evidence-based medical facts on a variety of topics from healthy living to hormone replacement therapy, from work and family issues and survival guides to smoking, drinking, violence and other risky behaviors.

In addition, The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund is the new name for all the work the National Research Center for Women & Families does to help adults and children reduce their risk of getting cancer and to make sure that everyone gets the best possible treatment.

The NRC does a fabulous public service as far as vetting information and providing evidence through which one can make an intelligent decision when it comes to health and family decisions. Their information is reliable and totally unbiased.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My involvement with the National Resource Center began when I researched organizations that benefited working mothers and a variety of health care topics for newsletters I was writing. The NRC name kept appearing. Investigating the NRC further, I was especially impressed by its interest and involvement in work/family balance issues and on providing assistance to women in their multi-faceted lives, which often prove extremely stressful due to needing to balance multiple responsibilities. The amount of support and tools the NRC offers is incredible! Having been a single working mom myself, I was very impressed and found the information NRC provides personally very useful.

Irene L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Research Center for Women & Families is an invaluable resource for unbiased, science-based information to help women make better health decisions for themselves and their families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the way the center uses scientific findings to inform policy and advocacy. Women depend on the Center's website for credible information about health issues affecting them and their children. The CEO has a voice that is heard in government agencies, the media, on the Hill!

Their dialogues and presentations are inspiring others to do good and do more.

Kathy N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 1968, at the age of 22, I received silicone implants after a bilateral mastectomy. For years I tried to tell doctors that I was ill from the implants, it seemed that no one would listen, nor really cared to listen.

Then National Research Center for Women worked hard to let us women have a voice and tell our stories before the FDA. Their efforts gave implanted women the opportunity to present our stories to the FDA.

And, The National Research Center for Women did this more than once.. and are still letting trying

Not only for the implanted to be heard, but so the young women who are considering getting implants will know the truth about implants, silicone and saline.

There is much information on NRC website on many subject of interest to women and is unbiased information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've spent over twenty years of my life suffering. I had silicone/saline breast implants. I know of thousands of others that are searching for unbiased /truthful information & feeling that we are not being heard or helped by the people who are suposed to be protecting the public. I first came across NRC when I was searching for information about my second set of implants that were ruptured. There was no trauma that caused the implants to rupture. I just awoke & it was deflated. I found NRC site very helpful! I really like the fact that the site shows you what studies have been done, what the research shows, who did the studies & most of all that the TRUTH is being told. Such a valuable site!
I phoned NRC a few different times. After explaining my situation Dr. Diana Zuckerman got on the phone. She was very helpful & so informative each time. She helped make a dying womens wish come true. Someone very dear to me passed on & had silicone breast implants from the 1970'S. She & her husband wanted to leave their bodies to science. There are certain restrictions having a body donated. I knew the implants had to be of interest. I was going in circles at the time & reached out to NRC. Thanks to the information & help I recieved I was able to get her donated to UCSF. Her husband passed a few weeks later. He too was donated. Our family will be forever grateful for NRC. I guess the implants were good for something. I'm really grateful for NRC & all they do to help women & their families!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer for the National Research Center for Women & Families ("NRC") since its inception. NRC fills an important gap between scientific research and the public's understanding of that research and how it affects their personal lives. NRC's newsletter and other publications are concise yet informative, easy to read, and really interesting. I also think it's really important to have an impartial voice in public policy and a watchdog over the FDA as it considers issues such as breast implants, cosmetics, food coloring, etc. NRC's president has many years of experience investigating Federal agencies as a Congressional staffer, so she is very knowledgeable about their inner workings; and now as president of NRC, she frequently testifies at agency and Congressional hearings. Competing lobbyists have a strong influence on public policy and it's often difficult to know whether to believe what they say. The NRC does not accept advertising, so its views on various issues of public policy are an important counterbalance to the powerful lobbying organizations.


Donor

Rating: 5

I first used National Research Center for Women and Children when I was having a great problem with ruptured silicone implants (one capsule had even collapsed). The NRC has a website with information that other sites did not have, and I was frantic, because of all the health [problems I was experiencing.. The site gave me a very good explanation of what had happened..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was told by a friend that the National Research Center for Women & Families might be able to help me with a needs assessment I was doing for my nonprofit organization. The goal of my needs assessment was to find out what the unmet needs were of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. They provided free technical assistance for my national survey. Their expertise and willingness to provide helpful insights and suggestions will be invaluable as I prepare a more local version of my needs assessment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with the National Research Center for Women & Families this past Fall, which was a wonderful, and certainly eye-opening, experience. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school, and I found my internship to give me a valuable perspective on health and patient safety. Throughout my time at NRC, I saw how the small team there works passionately and tirelessly in their efforts to advocate on behalf of patient safety, be it through testifying, writing op-eds, publishing research, etc. I had the opportunity to write health articles for the website, which revealed to me the strong emphasis NRC places on providing the public with research-based and objective information. The organization works with pivotal issues that often fall under the radar of many organizations. I was fortunate to help prepare for a conference on ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS), which revealed to me the thorough process through which NRC develops patient informational guides (taking into account a vast array of considerations, including cultural and socioeconomic factors). As both a patient, and someone who aspires to be a physician, I was certainly inspired by my experience at NRC, and I look forward to seeing the work they do in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of serving as a policy & research volunteer in the summer of 2010. While at the NRC, I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful staff and many outside coalitions who were very much dedicated to bettering the health of women and families. They did this by (1) conducting research to provide accessible, easy-to-understand, accurate information on a variety of health issues, (2) advocating for fair, unbiased health-related policies to serve the best interests of women, and (3) collaborating with other organizations and agencies to ensure the health and safety of women, children, and families in policies and practices.
It is a great organization with a great mission and great, dedicated staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

In the summer of 2009, I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an intern at the National Research Center for Women and Families. At NRC I had the opportunity to conduct research on women's health policy, health research, and health communications. It was such an exciting opportunity to be surrounded by a team of professionals dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women's health policy. Seeing first-hand what it really meant to prepare sign-on letters, observe testimony, and assist in the preparation of grant proposals is an experience I will take with me throughout my career.