Breast cancer strikes every day of the year, not just in October. It is also an unbiased disease that targets every demographic – even men get breast cancer. Across the United States over 268,000 will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year with an estimated 5,700 in Arizona. In addition, 90% of women diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer. It is crucial our entire community play a key role for community positive impact to decrease the incidence of diagnoses of breast cancer through prevention education and reduce the mortality rate through early detection and access to treatment.
Susan G. Komen had a significant impact in Arizona since 1993 (24 years) raising over $26 million to breast cancer awareness and prevention. Many are still unaware that Komen closed their doors over a year ago in 2017. The loss of their funds has been detrimental to our community. Whether you liked or disliked Komen there is no disputing the funds they raised in Arizona helped provide education for close to 200,000, over 50,000 screening mammograms and close to 9,000 diagnostic procedures in 2016 alone!!! Their absence created a devastating deficit for breast health resources for women in Arizona.
Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! is leading the way in our local breast cancer community. We have an unwavering commitment to educate and empower women regarding breast health and hope to reduce the occurrence of breast cancer through prevention education. We are committed to assisting women undergoing treatment for breast cancer with a free new wig to provide them the comfort and normalcy they deserve. We are determined to raise funds to assist women in need with free life-saving mammograms. 100% of funds we raise stay local and are invested back in our community to assist women in Arizona
It is imperative that we support our local breast cancer non-profits that are directly assisting women and impacting our entire community. Whether you chose to support Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! or one of the many other invaluable breast cancer non-profits in our community we ask you to please support local. Arizona needs your breast caner donations. If people/companies chose during this breast health crisis to support national breast cancer organizations instead of local non-profits the majority of funds leave our state. Women will suffer. Women will lose valuable education that saves lives. Women will lose funds for assistance with life-saving mammograms and diagnostic testing. We will all suffer. Together we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
By: Holly Rose, Founder and Member of Don’t Be a Chump Check for a Lump