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.

Breast Cancer in Alabama

  • An estimated 3,960 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Alabama women this year
  • An estimated 670 women in Alabama will die of breast cancer this year alone
  • In Alabama, an African American woman diagnosed with breast cancer is almost 48% more likely to die from the disease than her Caucasian peer.  That is why we have launched the Circle of Promise Initiative.

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 205.263.1700 or at info@komenncalabama.org