Breast Cancer Information and Resources
Fund Status and Eligibility
Fully Allocated - Effective 11/15/2018, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Breast Cancer Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.
Maximum Award Level: $4,000 Per Year
- Patient must be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
- Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Breast Cancer.
- Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
- Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.
Get Help With Your Treatment: How to Apply Online
Information About the Disease
Breast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include:
- Age - the chance of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older
- Genes - there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested.
- Personal Factors - beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55
Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.
Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or discharge from a nipple. Breast self-exam and mammography can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. Treatment may consist of radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
Breast Cancer Resources and Programs
American Breast Cancer Foundation
Phone: 877-539-2543 - www.abcf.org
Bone Health in Focus
A Report about Breast Cancer's Impact on Bones - View Report
KS Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation
Phone: 312-986-8338 - www.ksibcf.org
My Hope Chest Foundation
Phone: 727-642-4243 - myhopechest.org
Susan G. Komen For The Cure ®
Phone: 877-465-6636 - www.komen.org
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