American Association for Cancer Research

Support and Advocacy Groups: Breast Cancer

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African American Women in Touch
Memorial Hospital & Health System
615 North Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601

African American Women in Touch operates out of the Memorial Hospital & Health System in South Bend, Ind. The organization educates African-American women about breast cancer, provides information on early detection, and offers free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. It also provides a network of support through its monthly support meetings and annual health care symposium. African American Women in Touch provides women facing breast cancer with transportation to treatment, wigs and free prostheses.

Breast Cancer Action
420 East Street North Sarnia
Ontario, N7T 6Y5 Canada

Inspired by one family’s search for a cure, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s mission is to engage in grassroots fundraising that supports patient focused research for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Breast Cancer Society of Canada
1-877-2STOPBC (1-877-278-6722)
55 New Montgomery St., Suite 323
San Francisco, CA 94105

Breast Cancer Action (BCA) is a grassroots organization of breast cancer survivors and their supporters that educates people about breast cancer issues. The group's website has downloadable flyers and fact sheets on breast cancer issues. BCA also provides a booklet for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

The Breast Cancer Fund
1388 Sutter St., Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94109

The Breast Cancer Fund works to identify environmental and other preventable contributors to breast cancer and it advocates for their elimination.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
1-866-FIND A CURE (1-866-346-3228)
60 East 56th St., Eighth Floor
New York, NY 10022

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to preventing and curing breast cancer by raising funds for innovative research and increasing awareness of good breast health. The foundation has a monthly e-mail newsletter and hosts an annual conference.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network
331 Cooper Street, Suite 300
Ontario, K2P 0G5 Canada

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is Canada's leading survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals concerned about breast cancer. CBCN strives to voice the views and concerns of breast cancer survivors through promotion of information sharing, education and advocacy activities.


Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
1-866-288-RISK (1-866-288-7475)
16057 Tampa Palms Blvd. West PMB #373
Tampa, FL 33647

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) provides information for women who have a high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The organization offers information about hereditary cancers, risk management, and the medical and lifestyle options that are available to high-risk women. FORCE has a toll-free helpline, a message board and a chat room through which women can discuss issues that face high-risk individuals.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
1-877-STOP-IBC (1-877-786-7422)

The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation educates people about inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). The organization also raises funds for inflammatory breast cancer research and collects tumor samples for its IBC BioBank. The website of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation offers e-mail discussion lists and other educational materials.

Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation
1-877-99-CREED (1-877-992-7333)
260 South Broad St., 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation offers financial assistance to women in the Philadelphia region who are undergoing breast cancer treatment. The foundation provides free and low-cost mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women. The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation also offers women and their families informational materials and access to cancer detection and treatment resources.The organization’s Rainbow Circle addresses the needs of lesbian, bisexual and transgender breast cancer survivors. The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation also runs Safe Circle, a program for African-American women.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
354 West Lancaster Ave., Suite 224
Haverford, PA 19041

Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers educational programs and services to women and families affected by breast cancer. Its programs include a toll-free Survivors' Helpline (1-888-753-5222), a free quarterly newsletter, publications for African-American and Latina women, and networking programs for young survivors and women of color.

125 Second Ave., Room 13
New York, NY 10003

Malecare is an organization devoted to the health needs of men. The organization provides information on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male breast cancer. Malecare also provides information on the sexual side effects of cancer treatment. It also hosts support groups throughout the nation. The organization facilitates cancer support groups for gay men and also reaches out to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people through its LGBT cancer project. Information on the Malecare website is available in a variety of languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and Russian.

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters is an organization for the mothers of breast cancer patients and survivors. The organization provides support for mothers and matches them with other women who have daughters with breast cancer. Mothers and Daughters also provides support for women diagnosed with the disease. The group publishes informational booklets for mothers and for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.


National Breast Cancer Coalition
1101 17th St., N.W., Suite 1300
Washington, DC 20036

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) aims to eradicate breast cancer by focusing government, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. The coalition informs, trains and directs patients and others in effective advocacy efforts. The NBCC's goals include promoting breast cancer research; improving access to high-quality breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and care; and increasing the involvement and influence of breast cancer survivors and activists in the decision-making processes that impact the disease. The NBCC website provides a list of fact sheets, analyses and position papers related to breast cancer.

Nueva Vida Inc.
2000 P St., N.W., Suite 620
Washington, DC 20036

Nueva Vida is made up of Latina breast cancer survivors and Latino health care professionals who are committed to providing culturally sensitive support services for Latinas living with cancer in the Washington metropolitan area. Nueva Vida offers support, education and resources in both Spanish and English.

Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition
Trout Run Business Center
344 North Reading Road
Ephrata, PA 17522

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition provides support to women in Pennsylvania who are impacted by breast cancer. The organization hosts an annual conference and offers patients the opportunity to interact with other survivors as well as medical professionals and patient advocates. The coalition operates support groups throughout the state.

SHARE: Self-Help for Women With Breast or Ovarian Cancer
1501 Broadway, Suite 704A
New York, NY 10036

SHARE offers support to women with breast or ovarian cancer in the New York metropolitan area. Cancer survivors lead SHARE's support groups and staff its hotlines. There are separate hotlines for breast, ovarian and Latina patients; programs for families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer; and a variety of support groups and other programs. SHARE offers educational programs on topics such as lymphedema, clinical trials, bone health, hormonal treatments, access to medical care and advocacy.

1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 3A
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Sharsheret is a national organization of cancer survivors that provides culturally sensitive support and information to Jewish women facing breast cancer. Sharsheret also offers specialized information for the friends and families of breast cancer patients and for women who have a high risk of developing the disease.

Sisters Network Inc.
2922 Rosedale St.
Houston, TX 77004

Sisters Network increases awareness about the impact of breast cancer on the African-American community. The organization provides African-American women with educational materials about breast cancer risk, symptoms and treatment. Sisters Network maintains support-group chapters in about three dozen states.

Susan G. Komen
1-877-GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75244

Susan G. Komen funds research grants and supports breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world through an extensive network of United States and international affiliates. The organization also provides information about breast health and breast cancer, treatment options and community support groups through a national toll-free helpline (1-877-GO KOMEN or 1-877-465-6636) and distributes a variety of educational materials to those affected by breast cancer. Helpline support is available in Spanish.

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
1-800-345-VBCF (1-800-345-8223) (toll free)
5004 Monument Ave., Suite 102
Richmond, VA 23230

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) is a grassroots organization committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy. The VBCF holds support group meetings and maintains a calendar of breast cancer events in Virginia. It also provides a packet of information for newly diagnosed women.

Young Survival Coalition
1-877-YSC-1011 (1-877-972-1011)
61 Broadway, Suite 2235
New York, NY 10006

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The YSC has an online bulletin board on which young survivors can communicate with one another and it publishes informational brochures and a newsletter. It also produces a weekly e-mail blast. The organization has affiliate branches that host meetings in more than a dozen locations across the United States. In addition to educational and support services for survivors, the YSC works to educate community and government officials about the reality of breast cancer diagnosis in young women.

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September 13, 2013