National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   135 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Breast Cancer

Location: 2600 Network Blvd STE 300 Frisco TX 75034 USA

Mission: The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. Our mission includes increasing awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.
Results: NBCF has provided over 340,000 patient services since 2005 through their network of hospitals. With rising healthcare costs, many uninsured or underinsured women cannot afford the cost of diagnostic tests. By providing free mammograms and breast care services to underserved women, NBCF will increase the early detection of breast cancer which will lead to higher survival rates. Facilities within the NMP continue to report that because of grant funding from NBCF, they are able to help women in their areas that did not qualify for state or local funds to access mammography services. Any life that is saved is an example of the success of the program. Based on findings about how breast cancer initiation cells can resist drug treatment, researchers are now developing clinical trials to suppress breast cancer initiation cells. Researchers have found that gene therapy delivered directly to a particularly stubborn type of breast cancer cell caused the cell to self-destruct, lowered the chance of recurrence, and helped increase the effectiveness of some types of chemotherapy.
Target demographics: Underserved and uninsured women
Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States
Programs: National Mammography Program/Patient Services Through the National Mammography Program (NMP), NBCF partners with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women. The NMP network includes 88 medical facilities in all 50 states. Through patient navigation programs at medical facilities within their network, NBCF is able to promote early detection procedures to those that need it most. Patient navigation is a proactive approach to helping patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation surrounding a disease and its prevention. Early Detection/Awareness Education NBCF’s Early Detection Plan is an interactive tool available both online and as an iPhone App. The Early Detection Plan reminds women to schedule routine breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms. MyNBCF (www.MyNBCF.org) is an online support community that has been described by its members as “an avenue to share, vent, cry and laugh.” The community provides breast cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones a safe place to discuss breast cancer. Beyond the Shock® is a step-by-step guide to understanding the diagnosis of breast cancer presented in an interactive online website. It allows those affected by breast cancer to learn about breast cancer, ask and answer questions, and hear inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors. The Breast Health Education Program is a new program launched in 2012 that provides breast cancer education and early detection services to women at community outreaches across the country. NBCF educates women about the importance of early detection and informs them about resources that are available in their community. Women are given the opportunity to receive free clinical breast exams from nurse practitioners. Breast Cancer Research NBCF strives to help find the cure for breast cancer by working with some of the finest scientists in the world. Funding is provided to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Worldwide Innovative Networking for research efforts focused on targeted therapy for breast cancer initiating cells, therapeutic and preventative drugs for breast cancer, and the first clinical trial offering a choice of therapy guided by the biology to the majority of patients included in the study. Their goals are to identify and personalize cancer treatment to offer hope and healing to the countless women diagnosed each year.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has helped hundreds of women obtain free mammograms, diagnostic workups, and assistance in navigating the complex healthcare field for breast health issues in Humboldt County, California. I am proud to be affiliated with this organization as they place education and assistance to breast health issues first, before self. In a time of difficult changes in the health care arena, NBCF is a constant, providing hope and comfort to women across the world.

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Life-changing

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2014

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I am a proud member of the Board of Directors. As a Board Member for the last 5 years I am impressed with the dedicattion, compassion, and true sense of humility this organization brings to it's mission. From the Founder to the Receptionist everyone is committed to bringing breast health information, diagnosis, and treatment to underserved and uninsured women. The Hospitals where I have worked have been allowed to provide mammograms and diagnostic services to hundreds of women who would never have had the opportunity otherwise though their grant program.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I rode the Chico Wildflower Bike Ride 4/28/2014 and used NBCF as my fundraising forum.
I was able to accomplish my 65 mile/over 100 Kilometer road ride and raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research dedicated to two of my very dear friends who have Breast Cancer. Enthusiastic support from NBCF !

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Likely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy, Brooklyn, NY is home to many women riders who own horses. This past May, JBRA was able to take part in raising money for NBCF. We have had many women riders who have had cancer scares and look to the horses in order to feel a little bit better. When you are feeling blue that equine friend is sure to put a smile right back on your face.
NBCF helps to make it easier for early detection as well as having a great support staff for women to turn too. I admire NBCF for all of the people they reach out to and look forward to being on the fundraising team for 2015!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

NBCF has made mammography screening affordable for thousands of women in Greater Cincinnati through its support of TriHealth's Women's Services. The program officers have worked with us to streamline our reporting and have always been helpful when we had questions. In the end, the NBCF has helped low income, uninsured or underinsured women who otherwise would not have obtained the screening. The women we help as a result of this grant are grateful for the peace of mind they gain through knowing they do not have breast cancer or for the information they receive that helps them to obtain further testing and treatment. Either way they win. Thank you, NBCF, for helping us do this good work in our community.

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M.S.’s daughter-in-law states: “She remembers the navigators’ time shared and was not sure at the time of her pathology results what her new medical situation would bring. This situation certainly caught all of us (family, friends) unaware. My family and I felt very good about the team approach and that of the breast surgeon.”
M.S. says: “Several years ago, one of our children had surgery where she lived in Orlando. I was the primary caregiver; and I was completely caught unaware of the post-op items and care that would be needed. Not being familiar with the Cincinnati area, we have found the navigators and team at your breast center to be very helpful with references, and resources to better prepare us for my surgery, so that my family could provide me with the best care. So, thank you all for being there for us and sharing all the wonderful resources and information available to me and other patients at a time when we critically needed it. You all have made a big difference in those first few days, and weeks of my diagnosis. We just wanted to let the navigators and staff know how grateful we are for the quick responses, and precise diagnosis and recommendations for my surgery and oncology needs. Thanks again for all the answers to all those questions. You all helped to calm the nerves, and anxiety….couldn’t have done it without you all.”

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2012

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National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported and funded affordable breast cancer screenings at McKee Medical Center for three years. This support provides our most at-risk population with access to important screening and detection services they would not otherwise have. We are incredibly grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for their support. Together, we are saving lives through early detection of Breast Cancer.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation funded a grant at our community hospital to provide mammograms for women who are uninsured or whose insurance does not make this service affordable, especially for those who are financially struggling. In the first year of the grant, we have provided 41 mammograms to women who would otherwise not had access to this important screening tool. We have another 120 women who have expressed interest in the program and we are working hard to schedule their appointments. This program will save many lives through early detection and diagnosis, and we are proud to be part of the network of National Breast Cancer Foundation's National Mammography Program.

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Life-changing

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2012

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The National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported and funded the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program for years. NBCF’s contribution has provided mammograms for uninsured low income women in the Greater New Orleans area. NBCF funds have removed the financial barrier that prevents women from getting screened. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is a wonderful and pleasant organization to work with. Their application and reporting process is straightforward.

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Through funding received from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Thomas Community Health Center has ben able to provide screening mammograms to women who otherwise would not have the financial resources to cover the cost. Many of our patients are uninsured or under insured and single heads of their households and when faced with the decision of choosing to provide for their families or pay for a mammogram; many would choose providing a need for the family. The funding has provided live saving resources for many of our patients. The ability or remove the financial barrier and added stress from our patients truly makes a world of difference in the lives of the clients we serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make a change but offer help to provide more resources to other organizations in need of resource to provide cancer screening and early detection

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

The NBCF has sponsored our program for five years. The funds have been used to provide mammograms to rarely and never screened women who do not have health insurance. This, in some cases, is a life saver. Many women say the reason they wait a long time to get screened, even with symptoms, is because they do not have insurance and cannot pay for the medical care. This program eliminates the cost barrier for those women, and is essential to continuing to do so.

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I belong to a Motorcycle Club and we wanted to hold a car/bike wash with a charity to give back. We selected Breast Cancer as we have two members who mother passed of this. So while raising money at the car wash we also requested donation for BC cause. The car wash was a success and so was the donations for the national breast cancer foundation. We exceeded our goal and we all had fun while bring awareness to the community. We provided arm bands, literature and different giveaways that supporting the cause. The website was easy to use and create and we are glad to give back to the community.

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What a wonderful organization! Our hospital is able to serve so many underserved and uninsured women with potentially life-svaing mammography exams due to generous funding from the NBCF. Their dedicated fundraising efforts and diligent granting process makes their organization professional, community-minded and worthy of many accolades

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Very Well

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2014

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