"Founded in 1986, the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations ( NABCO ) has been a leading non-profit organization, providing information and educational resources on breast cancer in the United States to patients, medical professionals and the media. On June 30, 2004, NABCO closed its doors after 18 years of being a pioneer in patient advocacy, leadership and service in the breast cancer community. THE MISSION OF NBCF NBCF’s mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival. According to The National Cancer Institute (NCI), getting a high-quality mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early. The National Cancer Institute recommends women age 40 and older receive annual mammogram screenings to provide early detection of breast cancer. However, with increased healthcare costs and a rapidly increasing percentage of uninsured women, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed. That’s why NBCF provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states through our network of hospitals. We are now joining hands with people around the world to provide breast cancer education."