About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

The global website of Susan G. Komen®, komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

If you or someone you know are in need of local resources please contact us at 901.757.8686 or at info@komenmemphisms.org

A list of local resources are available here.

Breast Self-Awareness (BSA) Cards

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® offers a variety of BSA cards in different languages and for specific populations. You can download and print BSA cards for yourself.

If you would like to purchase any of these BSA cards in bulk quantities, please visit ShopKomen.com.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Information

Komen is one of the fifteen founding members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBCA), founded in 2013, which has now grown to nearly thirty organizations. The Alliance unifies the efforts of its members to improve the lives of and outcomes for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families through increasing awareness and education about the disease and advancing policy and strategic coordination of research funding specifically focused on metastasis that has the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately to cure.

Susan G. Komen® Announces Nearly $33 Million in New Research Funding to Support Bold Goal of Cutting Breast Cancer Mortality by 50 Percent

Susan G. Komen®: New Report Underscores Critical Need to Document Cases of Metastatic Breast Cancer