Mission of BHAF
BHAF’s mission is to Empower, Encourage, Educate and Engage women to Embrace their breast health and overall well-being through Early Detection and Support Services
Statistics reveal that 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.
About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These happen due to genetic mutations that occur as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
It is estimated that worldwide over 508 000 women died in 2011 due to breast cancer. Although breast cancer is thought to be a disease of the developed world, almost 50% of breast cancer cases and 58% of deaths occur in less developed countries.
BHAF is joining hands with partners to help provide free or subsidized mammograms and education to women around the world.