We Race Because…
- One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
- Breast cancer knows no boundaries- be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location.
- We continue to Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.
- To honor the 3 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. today.
- New Jersey has the 3rd highest mortality rate for breast cancer in the U.S.
- The Komen Central and South Jersey service area has a higher mortality rate and higher percentage of late-stage diagnoses than New Jersey as a whole and the U.S.
But, when you participate and fundraise for the Race, we fight these statistics together. 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! 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. This progress was made with your continued support and together we can reach our vision of a world without breast cancer.