The Coalition’s Mission Statement

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester’s mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
1048 University Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607

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Phone: 585-473-8177
Fax: 585-473-7689

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The Breast Cancer Coalition is a local grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through action and advocacy. We formally organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1997. We are a member organization of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the New York State Breast Cancer Network. We are, at present, the only full-scope independently operated organization focused specifically on breast cancer in the Greater Rochester Region. Our Board of Directors meets monthly at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Center. Our Center is conveniently located within the City of Rochester’s “Art Walk” and is easily accessed by public transportation.

Who We Are

We are a diverse group of breast cancer activists. We are survivors, warriors, and advocates. We are women, men, families, partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and others dedicated to our mission. Presently, we have three full-time staff members; including our Executive Director who works with BCCR’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Committee members and other volunteers.

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Why We Exist

Breast Cancer is a serious health problem in New York State, with more than 12,000 new cases and 3,500 deaths reported each year. Breast cancer represents over 28% of all malignancies among women. It is the number one cause of death in women between the ages of 30 and 54. At this time, one in eight women can expect to be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Currently, Monroe County ranks among the highest for all new diagnoses of breast cancer in New York State. This high rate of breast cancer and the high mortality rate for women, especially younger and minority women, has motivated us to become educated about this disease so that we, in turn, can educate others. We are further motivated by a concern for the future health of our daughters, granddaughters, sisters, mothers and friends.

How to Help

Through support, advocacy, fundraisers, and volunteering, you CAN make a difference – and we would love to have your help. Learn more here.