National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A legacy program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

In alignment with its overall mission to improve health, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and its goals of public awareness, public education, knowledge sharing and greater access to services in the fight against breast cancer.


About National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)

NBCAM is a legacy program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Over 30 years ago, a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies came together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

Today, NBCAM has taken on a life of its own, and many organizations, groups and individuals across the country raise awareness during the month of October and throughout the year. NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished, and NBCAM lives on through the work of its previous collaborating partners who are dedicated to educating and empowering women and men to take charge of their own breast health.

We encourage you to visit the sites of the NBCAM collaborating partners to learn more about breast cancer, breast health and the latest research developments. Click on the partners tab for more information.


NBCAM Legacy Collaborating Organizations

Consider visiting these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, the latest research developments, awareness events and patient resources. Read the organization's description and click on any of the websites below for more information.

  • The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), founded in 1951, is the nation's leading group of professionals providing healthcare for women. With a membership of over 58,000 physicians, ACOG serves as a strong advocate for quality healthcare for women. It is a private, voluntary and nonprofit organization.
  • The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a major national medical specialty association comprised of radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists. The College has grown from a group of 20 physicians meeting for the first time in 1923 to a 37,000 member service organization. The core purpose of the ACR is to serve patients in society by empowering members to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.  
  • The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise and mentoring and through building strategic alliances. Founded in 1915, AMWA is the oldest multi-specialty organization of women physicians. As the vision and voice of women in medicine for nearly a century, AMWA empowers women to lead in improving health for all, within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women.  
  • The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, established in 1993, is a Delaware nonprofit nonstock corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided support to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization.
  • CancerCare (founded in 1944) is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. CancerCare programs and services help 180,000 people each year. We distribute 540,000 publications and welcome 2.3 million website visits annually. In the past year, CancerCare provided more than $14.2 million in financial assistance. The size and scope of CancerCare has grown tremendously since 1944, but it has never wavered from its mission of providing help and hope to people affected by cancer. To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
  • The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was created by the world’s foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer. Toward the vision of a world free from the fear of cancer, CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide and by improving the quality of care and access to care, enhancing the lives of all who are touched by cancer. For more information, visit
  • Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC), founded in 1999, is the first national nonprofit whose primary mission is to provide national support services to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers, help men cope with the impact of a loved one's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and target and mobilize men to be active participants in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Additionally, MABC offers various services such as the workshop "Partners in Survival" and the "For The Women We Love, A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver's Guide For Men." Also, learn about MABC's Annual Caregiver's Conference For Men. For more information on the services provided, please access the website.
  • National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest professional, educational and scientific organization representing the interests of African American physicians and their patients. Through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and collaborative efforts with federal and private agencies and entities, the NMA is committed to improving the health status and outcomes of minorities and the underserved.
  • The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Together, ONS and the cancer community seek to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, and improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory. ONS actively supports health policy initiatives that support improving cancer symptom management and palliative care, advancing and ensuring access to quality cancer prevention and care, and strengthening nursing workforce contributions to safeguard public health..
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation is a national nonprofit health organization whose mission is saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded by Carolyn Aldigé in 1985, the organization’s commitment is fueled by the fact that up to 50 percent of cancer cases and deaths are preventable through lifestyle choices and screening, yet more than 560,000 Americans will die of the disease this year. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested nearly $150 million in research, education, outreach and advocacy, to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!  
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Additional Resources

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare program, Medicaid program and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)—three national healthcare programs that benefit over 80 million Americans. The mission of the CMS is to assure health security for beneficiaries.
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI), based in Bethesda, MD, is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Federal government's lead agency for cancer research and education. NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.


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Charitable contributions

Information about the Foundation’s charitable contributions to NBCAM collaborating organizations can be found below.

There is currently no breast cancer grant program with the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Review our frequently asked questions for more information.