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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Bottom line is that NBCF save lives through early detection. They have a quality Nurse Navigation program and provide mammograms for people in need. Thyey have worked with our orgnaizaiton to increasing awareness through both nursing and patient education. This is an organization that you can believe in with all confidence!

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What a fantastic organization NBCF is to work with. We at Oven Bits know the job they do is no easy task, and we are grateful for our ongoing relationship we've had with them. The expanding reach that NBCF has had these past few years, both domestically and internationally (as well as digitally), is inspiring and exciting to watch grow.

There is great value and purpose in NBCF's mission, and the incredible amount of help and hope they have provided to women around the globe is immeasurable. Thank you, NBCF, for all your hard work and dedication.

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I am consistently impressed with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It’s their passion, professionalism, integrity and fiscal responsibility that goes into creating and growing platforms that help women in need, that differentiates this organization.

While working for ACE, I have had the pleasure of managing our in store fundraisers and charity prepaid debit product. With the help of our customers, we have raised over 2 million dollars to support the cause and provide education and services to those who otherwise may not have been able to afford them. Throughout our partnership, we are constantly innovating and coming up with new ways to generate additional funding and distribution for their life changing messages.

NBCF is always responsive, supportive and open to to growing our partnership. Even if you aren’t a big business, they also provide a toolkit and web resources to engage in grassroots type fundraising down to the single contributor level. Every little bit helps and they are extremely appreciative of their supporters. If you get the chance to work with such an outstanding group, I HIGHLY recommend you do.

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Thanks to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), we’re saving more lives in rural northwest Arizona from breast cancer. Kingman Regional Medical Center’s NBCF supported navigator program helps to reduce barriers to proper breast healthcare among some of our most vulnerable citizens—uninsured and underinsured women residing throughout a 1500-square-mile area in rural northwest Arizona. Our NBCF supported breast health navigator program helps these underserved women obtain breast cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment services and to “navigate” through clinical and support services.

In addition to providing education and outreach about breast health, our NBCF supported navigator serves an essential role in addressing our breast cancer patients’ individual needs and coordinating with service providers to assure they receive optimum care to survivorship. She is a first point-of-contact for women who receive the unwelcome news of possible breast cancer and she continues to follow them— providing information, support, and resources— throughout the often unfamiliar and frightening breast cancer diagnostic and treatment process. We (and our patients) are grateful beyond words to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for having the insight and compassion for making our program possible.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine’s oncology programs at Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals are fortunate to have a National Breast Cancer Foundation grant that enables us to provide navigation to women accessing mammograms and those who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Through our comprehensive navigation services, women receive individualized medical and psychosocial support in managing their breast health concerns. I am pleased to be among the many who witness first hand the positive impact that NBCF has in meeting the needs of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pam Goetz, Oncology Survivorship Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Medicine
National Capital Region

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We have been working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for over 6 years and I can't say enough good things about them. We have been fortunate to have formed close relationships with NBCF's leadership and have enjoyed working with a group so decidated and passionate about their cause. They are driven, focused on their efforts, and making meaningful differences in people's lives. Regardless of your position at NBCF, you are encouraged to contribute to the growth of the organization and your voice is always heard. I have a lot of respect for NBCF and I feel privledged to have been able to work with them.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance have been fortunate to receive grant funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2007. In 2012 we were able to provide breast cancer screening services to over 800 women who didn't have insurance. The majority of patients are screened through SCCA's Mobile Mammography Van which works with community organizations and churchs to provide screening mammograms. Early detection has been proven to be a game changer in breast cancer survivorship. NBCF's funding has allowed us to make these life-saving exams avaialble to women in need throughout western Washington!

“Without the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the SCCA would not be able to meet the screening needs of women regardless of their ability to pay. We know that early detection thorough screening saves lives. Last year we were able to expand our services to include much of the Puget Sound. We were able to provide mammography screening at many partner clinics, for many of the women screened; this was their first mammogram as adult woman.”
--Madeline Buelt MSN, RN, Vice President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

“Without the generous funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, many women in our region would not have access to life-saving mammograms. As a physician, I know that screening works but that access remains a key issue. We are so grateful to the NBCF for their support to eliminate barriers to healthcare.”
--Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD, FACR, Director of Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor & Vice Chair of Radiology, Section Head of Breast Imaging; University of Washington

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Adventist Health in Portland, OR has been a partner with NBCF for the past six years. We have received may notes from clients served that tell us that what the foundation provides them is peace of mind. These clients have no other resources to obtain these services. Some have a history of breast cancer in their family, placing them in the high risk category. They are so relieved to get an up to date screening. The NBCF has made a huge difference in the lives of the women served.

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They were awesome from start to finish! We will work with them again. Real grass roots work happening on a national level!

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We(rollin4cancer.org) recently did a cross country road trip to benefit the NBCF. They certainly lived up to their 4 star rating on Charity Navigator. They were easy to work with, helpful, and most appreciative of our efforts. Our's was a relatively small endeavor, but they treated us like a Fortune 500 organization. We had the pleasure of stopping by their headquarters and meeting all the staff and the founders. We could see, first hand, the high standards they hold themselves to, and the enthusiasm and dedication they have to the cause of research, prevention, early detection, and treatment, when necessary, of breast cancer. The NBCF is a well run, efficient organization, and therefore we could see that a maximum amount of our fund raising efforts were going to help eradicate the scourge of breast cancer. When we decided to attempt this fundraiser, we knew from our own families that breast cancer was prevalent, but after our journey, we now realize it is much more prevalent than we ever imagined. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is certainly doing their part to reverse the trending of this malady. Jack T., Dan T., Roger S., John D.

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