Medical research and therapies in the United States, as well as in other countries like Brazil, the United Kingdom and Japan, are changing the way physicians, patients and their loved ones approach and think about breast cancer. This is due, in part, to the fact that research is empowering medical scientists to discover new ways to arrest, stop and cure different types of breast cancer.
Continuing research will hopefully, one day, find a definitive cure for breast cancer. Until then, costs of the research can easily reach into the billions. For example, The National Institutes of Health reports that as of 2010, the costs of breast cancer, including medical treatment and research, exceeded $15 billion. It is expected that the costs will top $25 billion by 2020.
An aging population is expected to have a direct impact on the growing costs of the disease. Reducing this overall costs may require that leaders at government agencies, community organizations and social groups counter the progress of the disease more aggressively using exceptional research that’s funded with breast cancer donations. However, building breast cancer donations will take ongoing efforts, including marketing efforts.
Communicating how funds are spent
Local, national and international citizens want to hear about the results that their breast cancer donations are achieving. They also want to know the percentage of their donations that go towards research, treatments, direct patient care, fundraising and administrative costs. For example, breast cancer research organizations that are primarily focused on finding a cure of the disease may dedicate 88% of breast cancer donations they receive towards research, another 6% towards fundraising, 3% towards breast cancer awareness and 3% to cover administrative costs. This is an example of a newsletter from a breast cancer research organization that allocates funds to appropriate areas like mentioned above.
The way research funds are used is also important. Sharing this information with donors could help organizations to receive ongoing support. Facts and statistics research organizations could share with potential as well as current donors include the way that inherited gene mutations influence a woman’s or a man’s health. Researching and discovering new ways to use the human immune system to fight cancer and infections is another aim these organizations have.
As these organizations share the results that are produced from their research, the more people who make breast cancer donations may believe that their efforts are empowering patients, medical scientists and physicians. Potential donors need to know that work that research organizations are performing is having a positive impact. Real life success stories and statistics help.
For example, a non-profit breast cancer organization reports that, “Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone.” The global impact of work also needs to be shared.
This is important because work some research organizations conduct extends beyond a single country. In fact, some research foundations perform work that impacts as many as six continents. Death rates for people influenced by the work has dropped by 30%.
Additionally, before women, men, employers and community groups donate to a breast cancer research foundation, they may want to check to see how the foundation improves the quality of life for people challenged with breast cancer. Knowing the numbers of fundraisers the foundations create can also reveal how committed the research foundation is to finding a cure. For example, some foundations hold 18 fundraisers a year, raising more than $12 million annually. These foundations have the funding to positively influence the lives of breast cancer patients and professionals in the medical industry.