Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation Mission and Goals
Our mission is to improve the lives of those touched by inflammatory breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. We do this by fostering innovative inflammatory breast cancer research, educating stakeholders, and tirelessly advocating for both patients and survivors.
- Ignite interest in the study of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This includes researchers, physicians, educators, scientists, and more. Our focus is to first identify the causes of and then a subsequent cure for IBC.
- Drive and support work to reach an unambiguous definition of inflammatory breast cancer. The clinical/pathological definition was first developed in the late 1800s, is ambiguous, and has been little changed. By using 21st century research methods an unambiguous definition is now possible.
- Increase awareness of IBC for primary care physicians, nursing professionals, and medical technicians in order to minimize the time from diagnosis to treatment of IBC.
- Broaden public awareness of IBC to encourage potential patients and their support groups to seek medical attention for common inflammatory breast cancer symptoms as soon as possible
The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a 501 c(3) non-profit corporation. In a typical year, between 92% and 95% of all donations directly support our mission and goals (above). We have no dedicated corporate sponsors; we rely on many small voluntary donations, grants from private foundations, and other non-recurring sources of donations.