Mission: The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.
Results: NBCF has provided over 937,000 patient services since 2001 through their network of hospitals. With rising healthcare costs, many uninsured or underinsured women cannot afford the cost of screening and 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 screening and diagnostics program 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.
Target demographics: Underserved and uninsured women
Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States
Programs: Screening and Diagnostics/Patient Navigation Services: Through its screening and diagnostics program, NBCF partners with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women. In addition, this program requires that medical facilities within its network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer. The program’s network includes 84 medical facilities in all 50 states. While NBCF provides free breast care services through its screening and diagnostic program, sometimes those in need are unaware that the program exists. Through patient navigation programs at medical facilities within their network, NBCF is able to promote early detection procedures to those that need it most. NBCF’s Patient Navigator Program is a proactive approach to helping patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation about a disease and its prevention. By helping underserved women to navigate the healthcare system, navigators help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment and provide the vision that gives women hope. Early Detection/Awareness Education: NBCF’s Early Detection Plan is an interactive tool and iPhone and Android app that promotes breast health education by creating a plan to help detect the disease in its early stages. It enables women to be proactive about their health by reminding them to schedule appropriate doctor appointments. Beyond the Shock® is a step-by-step guide to understanding the diagnosis of breast cancer presented in an interactive online website and mobile app. It allows those affected by breast cancer to learn about breast cancer, ask and answer questions in a safe and supportive online community, and hear inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors. The Breast Health Education Program 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 as they apply comprehensive team science to improve treatment and clinical outcomes for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). This dual focus stems from recent studies that point to remarkable similarities in the underlying molecular events that cause these two rare, aggressive cancers.