The initiative “ATHLOS Challenge for Life” is devoted entirely to the fight against breast cancer.
We are privileged to work with the public who both give and raise funds.
Raising awareness, and providing education and support to those who are affected with this disease and their loved ones.To support our mission, we partner with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women through our National Mammography Program.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to divide and grow in an abnormal way. Breast cancer is not one single disease, there are several types of breast cancer. It can be diagnosed at different stages and can grow at different rates. This means that people can have different treatments, depending on what will work best for them.
The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are getting older, being female and, for a few, having a significant family history of the disease. Just over 80% of breast cancers occur in women who are over the age of 50. Nearly half of all cases are diagnosed in people in the 50-69 age group. Earlier detection, increased knowledge and understanding of the biology of breast cancer and better treatments mean that survival rates after a diagnosis of breast cancer are improving. More than 8 out of 10 people survive breast cancer beyond five years. More than three quarters of people survive it beyond 10 years.