Good News! In women whose breast cancer is diagnosed at an early state and is localized, 90% survive more than five years. For all stages of breast cancer, the five-year survival rate is 89%.

Let's beat this disease! Know your family history, your risk factors, and if you are over 40 have a yearly or bi-yearly mammogram. Encourage the women you love to do the same.

Need more information on breast cancer?

You can visit to learn more about breast cancer. Visit BCRF's resource page to learn more about breast cancer organizations that can help you.

What is breast cancer? What causes it?

Breast cancer is the result of cells in the breast becoming malignant and developing into a tumor. Although the disease occurs mostly in women, men can get breast cancer, but the occurrence is rare. We do not know yet what causes breast cancer. Researchers are working hard to discover why and how certain changes in DNA can cause normal breast cells to become cancerous, and to unlock the secret to understanding the genetic basis of breast cancer.

What are my risk factors for breast cancer?

  • The highest risk factors are being female and aging
  • Menstrual history: if you began menstruating before age 12, or completed menopause after age 55
  • Family history: if you have a mother, sister or daughter who has had the disease, or a close relative, such as a cousin or an aunt with a history of breast cancer
  • Oral contraceptives: slight increased risk if you are currently using the pill, or have used it in the last 10 years
  • Children: if you have never had children or had your first child after age 30
  • Alcohol: if you consume one or more alcoholic drinks a day
  • Being overweight: especially after menopause
  • Chest radiation therapy: if you had this as a child or young adult
  • Genetic mutations: if you carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations
  • High breast tissue density: a mammographic measure of the amount of glandular tissue relative to fatty tissue in the breast
  • Post menopausal hormone therapy: increased risk with combined estrogen and progestin therapy
  • Physical inactivity

What can I do to join Penguin in the fight against breast cancer?

We believe in the mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation — to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide and increasing public awareness of good breast health. Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Visit to set up your own fundraising page. Use Time For Research to honor someone for a special occasion, birthday, wedding, anniversary, as a pledge program if you're doing a race, or as a group fundraiser at work, at school, anywhere. Sponsor a half-hour for $25 (minimum donation), an hour for $50, two hours for $100, half a day for $600. There is no limit! Penguin's Read Pink® donations have sponsored 2,500 hours of research time.