More than 316,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States last year. This widespread and random disease affects women and men of all ages and races.

Susan G. Komen Kentucky raises money to fund breast cancer research and to support local services and programs throughout Kentuckiana. In 2017, Komen Kentucky invested almost $400,000 into the local community, connecting resources and services to uninsured and underinsured residents.

However, Komen Kentucky can’t fight breast cancer alone. The nonprofit will host its inaugural “Pink UnTied” fundraiser, presented by Delta Dental of Kentucky: Making Smiles Happen, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, on Saturday, February 24. By purchasing a ticket for Pink UnTied, you will help fund the life-saving work that Komen Kentucky is doing here in Louisville and statewide.

To reserve your table or to buy individual tickets for Pink UnTied in Louisville, visit www.KomenKentucky.org or call (502) 495-7824.

Please take a moment to learn how Komen Kentucky is leading the fight against breast cancer in your community.

Education  

Komen Kentucky is an advocate for education and breast self-awareness. Breast cancer is not preventable, but following these steps can aid in early detection and increase your chances for survival.

Know your risk.

Talk to your family to learn about your family health history. Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.

Get screened. 

Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you. Start having an annual mammogram at age 40 if you are at average risk, and earlier if you are at a higher risk. Have a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.

Know what is normal for you. 

Learn how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any breast changes, see your healthcare provider right away. Changes may include lumps, swelling, warmth, redness, change in size or shape of the breast, puckering or dimpling of the skin, itchiness, nipple inversion or discharge, or pain that won’t go away.

Make healthy lifestyle choices. 

Maintain a healthy weight. Add exercise into your routine. Limit alcohol intake.

Local resources

Komen Kentucky supports the entire spectrum of breast cancer care, from education to post-treatment support.

Free and Low-Cost Screenings

Komen Kentucky connects people with resources, from screenings to diagnostic services and treatments, if needed.

Survivor Support

An individual is considered a “survivor” the moment a diagnosis is confirmed. Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their family and friends. It’s important to have a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of this disease. Komen Kentucky helps provide support throughout every step of the journey.

Breast Care Helpline

Susan G. Komen offers a free helpline – 1-877-GO KOMEN – which provides professional support services for anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families. The helpline is also available via email at [email protected].

To learn more about Susan G. Komen Kentucky’s impact, or to find out other ways that you can get involved, visit www.KomenKentucky.org.

Komen Kentucky
    Susan G. Komen Kentucky, along with those who generously support the organization with their talent, time and resources, is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the Commonwealth. Along with more than 3 million breast cancer survivors and countless activists around the globe, Komen Kentucky is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Komen Kentucky is proud to have contributed more than $11 million to support local breast cancer services and programs, and more than $4 million for breast cancer research. Approximately 75 percent of funds generated by Komen Kentucky remain in its local service area, and 25 percent of funds support global breast cancer research. Komen Kentucky serves 111 counties – 107 in Kentucky and an additional 4 in Southern Indiana.


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