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From Symptoms to Survivorship: Connecting & Empowering Virginians since 1991

Our Mission  

VBCF is a statewide, Richmond-based nonprofit committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.

Our Goals

Establish the eradication of breast cancer as a state and national priority; Advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer; Educate all Virginians on the facts about breast cancer. 

Our Accomplishments

EXPAND ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

After 5+ years of advocacy, successfully advocated for the state’s 2018 Medicaid Expansion, allowing 400,000 Virginians access to preventive cancer screening and treatment regardless of their economic status.

FREE BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION

Over 20+ years, supporting updated breast cancer educational materials and resources in Virginia’s local libraries accessible to more than 8.5 million Virginians.

ADVOCATE FOR RESEARCH FUNDING

Since 1995, Virginia research institutions have received more than $37 million in funding from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program – VBCF’s priority advocacy research focus.

Did you know?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women,
30% of all new cancer diagnoses in women will be breast cancer in 2021.

In Virginia

7,410 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. 

In the United States

Over 3.5 million women are living with a history of breast cancer.

VBCF is here for you.

Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed with breast cancer? Request our free guide and comfort pillow – Navigating Breast Cancer: A Road Map for the Newly Diagnosed Virginian.

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Latest News

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby? Alcohol Trends and Women’s Health in the US

Women and alcohol have a complicated relationship, so we’re going to take some time to try and review that relationship in the U.S. for Dry January.

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How Patient Navigators Can Help You on Your Journey

For patients and loved ones dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, it can suddenly feel like your world has been turned upside down. We know that cancer doesn’t just affect the patient, but their whole community. From choosing a treatment plan to the everyday struggles of recovery, it’s common to feel scared, overwhelmed, or alone – no matter what your support system looks like. Sometimes we all need a little extra help as we navigate the difficulties in life – that is where Patient Navigators come in. We recently reached out to Navigators across the state for some great expert advice.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer: Signs, Symptoms, and Hope

Recurrent metastatic breast cancer doesn’t get a lot of attention, either in the press or in research. We talk about the importance of early detection, but is that enough when it comes to increasing survival rates? The short answer is no. 

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