National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund
IT'S TIME TO END BREAST CANCER. SIGN ON.
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
It is time to end breast cancer. In 2011, nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in the U.S.; it will take the lives of almost 500,000 women worldwide. This nation has invested billions of dollars in breast cancer research and technology yet the statistics have not changed significantly over the past decades. Our investments have brought us to the point where we have the knowledge, technology and tools to make a real difference. It is time to leverage those investments to end this disease.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition set a deadline: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, the end of breast cancer by January 1, 2020. In 1961, President Kennedy challenged this country to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and the Apollo program was born. Deadlines matter! Now we need to similarly harness our nation's drive, ability and passion to save millions of lives.
We, women and men across this country who want to see an end to breast cancer, look to you to once again bring this nation's leadership, intellectual and creative forces to bear on a matter of utmost importance to everyone, around the world. We ask for your public commitment to work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020 by supporting Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. Are you with us?
More than 250,000 women and almost 2,000 men will be diagnosed with invasive and in situ breast cancer this year, and it will take more than 40,000 lives in the United States and 500,000 worldwide. Despite years of campaigns to raise awareness, ever expanding screening programs, increased fundraising efforts and research, breast cancer incidence and mortality have not changed significantly.
So we ask you, why not now?
We now have the tools, information, resources and wisdom to create a global strategy to end breast cancer, and setting a deadline is the essential first step. Our understanding of the biology, etiology and genetics of breast cancer has increased dramatically. New disciplines have shed light on the process of innovation and how organizational systems evolve. And of course our capacity to gather, synthesize and analyze information is beyond anything even conceivable 20 years ago.
By leveraging all available resources in a collaborative and rapid research process, it will be possible to catalyze the development of innovative ideas that will ultimately end breast cancer.
Our mission is to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Our actions show that these are not just words. We intend to achieve that mission. Guided by three primary goals—research, access and influence—NBCC has been a powerful voice for women and men across the country since its inception. In September 2010, we launched our most ambitious initiative yet, Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. With less than a decade to accomplish this goal, we have a plan of action to achieve Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.
As a network of hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals, NBCC speaks for women. We’re not afraid to rock the boat. We believe scientists must get the funding they need for meaningful breast cancer research. We believe everyone must have access to quality care. We believe trained, educated advocates must have a voice everywhere breast cancer decisions are made. And we believe with Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®we can end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.
Contact Email: 1-800-622-2838
|USA||District of Columbia||Washington||1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300|