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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Around the World

Women's Health Empowerment Program Partnership of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®


Michael Geller / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0838

Jamie Epstein / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0849

For Immediate Release

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to share life-saving early prevention and detection programs around the world.

JDC has a five-year partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program (WHEP) increases public awareness, health programs and vital information sharing by reaching out to women in areas where breast cancer death rates are staggering.

Press Interviews in New York City and Washington, DC

Photographs and Footage from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hungary, or Russia

Phone Interviews with women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hungary or Russia

On-site Coverage at October Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Breast cancer is a leading killer among women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 1,600 women are newly diagnosed every year with breast cancer and 500 women’s lives are claimed by the disease.

In Montenegro, a small country with a population of 680,000 people, breast cancer continues to be the most common cause of death among women; about 250 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and the number of deaths is about 100. Most breast cancer cases are diagnosed at later stages. There are only nine mammogram machines in Montenegro.

Breast cancer is the most common cause of death among Russian women, ages 45 to 55, and diagnosed in 50,000 Russian women every year with most cases diagnosed at Stages III or IV. Almost every second woman in Russia who is diagnosed with breast cancer dies.

Breast cancer is one of the deadliest cancers among women in Hungary. Mortality rates are rising above 2,000 per year, and approximately 40,000 people live with mammary carcinoma of some form. Every year, more than 7,500 new patients are diagnosed with the disease, and countless others remain unaware that they may have cancer.

In October in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

On October 1st & October 2nd, the Second Regional Conference for Former Yugoslavia will be held in Sarajevo. On October 3rd, thousands of people will join the Second Bosnia and Herzegovina Race for the Cure® in Sarajevo. On October 8th and October 9th, the First National Conference for the Women’s Health Empowerment Program will be held in Montenegro.

In October in <Hungary:

On October 4th, WHEP will participate in the Bridge Walk in Budapest, the major annual breast cancer awareness event organized by the Hungarian Bridge Alliance.

In October in Russia:

Program activities continue to focus on early detection, improving treatment, rehabilitation and social services, following the outcomes of a major spring conference with 150 medical professionals, scientists, breast cancer survivors and activists supporting critical issues.

In New York City:

Steven Schwager, JDC, Chief Executive Officer
“The expansion of our partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure gives our Women’s Health Empowerment Program even more strength in the battle against breast cancer, particularly in countries where the need is urgent. New programs encourage early detection of breast cancer through educational activities, assist breast cancer survivors, and work with local government and medical professionals in the fight against breast cancer.”

In Washington, DC:

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control

“We are in the early days of a global cancer tsunami, with more than 1.3 million women facing breast cancer in the coming year alone. It is only through global collaboration that we can help women everywhere break their silence and take control of their health. Education, awareness and early screening are proven, effective tools in this global battle to save women’s lives in Former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Russia and around the world.”

Interviews and filming can take place at:

JDC offices in New York City


Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Washington, DC

About JDC

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.3 billion invested to date. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise Fund is dedicated to reaching underserved people in areas where breast cancer death rates are highest by increasing breast health awareness; improving access to detection and treatment; recruiting and funding medical staff; providing services to breast cancer survivors and their families, and recruiting and training lay ambassadors to promote breast cancer awareness and treatment messages in underserved areas around the globe. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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