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Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $2 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 116 Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.

Southern Nevada Affiliate story

The Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 1996.  What started in a mall parking lot with 1,359 participants has grown into one of the largest, non-profits foot races in Southern Nevada.  With up to 10,000 people traveling through the streets of downtown Las Vegas year after year, we have established this one day event as the best of its kind, raising thousands of dollars to find a cure for breast cancer and providing superb breast health services to our community.

Breast Cancer Then and Now – We Make an Impact

Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:

  • More early detection and effective treatment– Currently, about 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early.  Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.  
  • More hope – In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent. 
  • More research – The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).  
  • More survivors – Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.