In 1980, Nancy Goodman Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen®organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we’ve invested more than $3 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989-2014 and we won’t stop until the promise is fulfilled.
A world without breast cancer.
To save lives by meeting the most critical needs of our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Our Bold Goal
To reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.
Komen National Capital
Komen National Capital serves the communities within the District of Columbia; Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; and Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, Fairfax County and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.
The National Capital region (NCR) has one of the highest rates for breast cancer incidence and mortality in the nation. The District of Columbia, specifically, has the highest incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer in the United States, with incidence rates nearly 15 percent higher than the national average, and mortality rates more than 30 percent higher than the national average.
Working in consultation with local community leaders, Susan G. Komen conducted a quantitative and qualitative assessment and a health systems analysis – called the Community Profile — to better understand the barriers women face in regards to access to and utilization of care. The resulting Community Profile Report was published in 2015 is used to help develop strategies for addressing such barriers and eradicating breast health disparities.
Based on the report’s findings, the following target communities will be prioritized for evidence-based breast cancer interventions over the next several years:
- Alexandria, VA
- Ward 2 in District of Columbia
- Ward 5 in District of Columbia
- Wards 7 and 8 in District of Columbia
The full report can be accessed here: 2015 NCR Community Profile Report Final.