Research Programs

Did you know that every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen ®? That we’ve provided more money for breast cancer research and community health programs than any entity besides the U.S. government? Komen’s goal is to “energize science to find the cures.”

Komen’s commitment to supporting life-saving research has never been stronger. Building on 28 years of funding research to find the causes and cures of breast cancer, Komen continues its important new focus on research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and on addressing disparities in breast cancer across populations.

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each Affiliate supports the Komen Research, Evaluation and Scientific Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world. The Memphis-MidSouth is proud to have contributed over $3 million to research since our inception in 1993.

Information about National Research Programs

We have made a promise to end breast cancer forever – energizing science to find the cures is a critical part of this promise.   Click here to read more about some that are fulfilling this promise.


“Why are so many black women dying of breast cancer?” (click here)

The October 2015 issue of O Magazine by Oprah features an article about the disparities in breast cancer survival after five years: roughly 90 percent for white women vs. 79 percent for black. And although the article talks about national statistics, Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi has been working tirelessly since our inception in 1993 to improve these statistics for all women.