National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

In alignment with its overall mission to improve health, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Since the Foundation began, it has supported NBCAM’s 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 collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

Since its inception in 1985, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. 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.

October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. 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 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 32,000 member service organization. The key objectives are to advance the science of radiology, improve the quality of care for patients, study the socio-economic aspects of radiologic practice and promote improved and continuing medical education for radiologists and allied health workers.
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. All the information and content on Cancer.Net was developed and approved by the cancer doctors who are members of ASCO, making Cancer.Net an up-to-date and trusted resource for cancer information on the Internet. Cancer.Net is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which is working to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, sharing knowledge with physicians and patients worldwide and supporting initiatives to ensure that all people have access to high-quality cancer 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 not-for-profit 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 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 170,000 people each year. We distribute 800,000 publications and welcome more than 2 million website visits annually. In the past year, CancerCare provided more than $15 million in financial assistance. To learn more, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673)
  • 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 35,000 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 the nursing workforce, access to care, and improving symptom management and pain control.
  • 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 more than $140 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.