The National Breast Cancer Coalition* (NBCC) is a powerful voice, speaking for women and men across the country, demanding an end to breast cancer.
Since NBCC's founding in 1991, it has changed the world of breast cancer—in public policy, science, industry and advocacy—by creating new partnerships, collaborations, research funding opportunities and avenues for access to quality care. On September 20, 2010, NBCC launched a bold initiative—Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®—a call to action for policymakers, researchers, breast cancer advocates and other stakeholders to know how to end the disease by 2020.
NBCC has grown to include hundreds of organizations, representing several million patients, professionals, women, their families and friends. Coalition members include cancer support, information and service groups, as well as women's health and provider organizations. In 2003 it was named one of the 20 most influential groups in health policy based on a survey of congressional staff—the only grassroots group and the only breast cancer organization to make that list.
NBCC's mission is to end breast cancer by focusing the administration, U.S. Congress, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. NBCC encourages all those concerned about this disease to become advocates for action and change. The Coalition informs, trains and directs patients and others in effective advocacy efforts. Nationwide, women and men are increasing the awareness of breast cancer public policy by participating in legislative, scientific and regulatory decisions, promoting positive media coverage and actively working to raise public awareness.
* The National Breast Cancer Coalition is an IRS 501(c)(4) organization that lobbies Congress and other decisionmakers for public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. NBCC's sister organization, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization that empowers and trains breast cancer advocates to be effective in every aspect of the fight to end breast cancer. It educates women to make their own informed decisions and to take an active role wherever breast cancer decisions are made.