ROMEThe Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has extended
its breast cancer awareness programs internationally with the
establishment of affiliates in Italy, Argentina, Germany, and Greece.
The Dallas-based foundation has 117 local US affiliates.
Riccardo Masetti, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Catholic
University, Rome, joined Komen Foundation president Susan Braun in
making the announcement of the Italian affiliate via a live webcast
from the 5th Annual Multidis-ciplinary Symposium on Breast Diseases.
The kickoff event for the Italian affiliate is an international
version of the Foundations Race for the Cure, to be held in the
gardens of Romes Villa Borghese on May 21, 2000. The Rome race
is a sister project with the New York City affiliate of the Komen
Foundation. A second race will be run on August 13, in Frankfurt,
Dr. Masetti applauded the Foundation for extending its public
education efforts to Europe. One of the major challenges
globally is certainly education. Women need to know more about breast
cancer. We look to the United States, where now every woman is
willing to stand up and speak about breast cancer. This is the model
we want to bring to other countries of the world, he said.
Like their US counterparts, international affiliates are organized by
groups of local volunteers who must complete a detailed affiliate
application, followed by a comprehensive community needs assessment.
In addition, the applicant must demonstrate significant support for
the Foundations mission from the local medical and scientific
community, as well as from the business community and civic
organizations. The applicant is also asked to make initial
recommendations for awareness and education programs.
All of the money raised by these international affiliates will stay
in their respective countries to support breast cancer research,
education, screening, and treatment programs, Ms. Braun said.