Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pretty in Pink: Breast Cancer Grants Announced Today.

When Nancy Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982, an early breast cancer diagnosis had a five-year survival rate of 74 percent.

Today, with earlier detection and more effective treatments, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Moreover, nearly 75 percent of women over the age of 40 now receive regular mammograms - compared to just 30 percent in 1982.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has helped make the difference by investing more than $1.2 billion in research and community outreach.

Later today the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will announce $60-million in new grants today despite the recession. A complete list of the grants can be found on www.komen.org/grants.

Every fall, the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure hosts the Annual Central New Mexico Komen Race for the Cure. This year, more than 4,800 participants will run and walk their way to help find a cure for breast cancer. The Race includes a breast cancer survivor celebration, a 5K Run/Walk, a 1 Mile walk, sponsor tents and more.

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