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Going global – Breast cancer group expands role

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A leading group that promotes awareness of breast cancer plans to extend its network of U.S. affiliates to countries overseas.

“Breast cancer knows no boundaries,” Nancy Brinker, founding chair of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, said in a statement.

Affiliates of the Dallas-based foundation are organized by volunteers in local communities – a model that will be used in building the international network.

All money raised by affiliates will stay in their respective countries to support breast cancer research, education, screeningn and treatment programs.

The foundation was established in 1982 by Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from cancer at the age of 36.

It has raised $210 million.

“The first step in the global eradication of this disease is to build awareness and to capture the hearts and minds of people both in the United States and in other parts of the world,” Brinker said. “Only then can we be strong advocates for change, both in terms of public policy and overcoming certain cultural barriers.”

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