Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Susan G. Komen been around?

The Komen San Diego Affiliate has been incorporated in the State of California since 1995.

Can I get a mammogram on the mobile coach?
To be eligible to receive a mammogram on the mobile mammography coach you must be:
A) Uninsured, underinsured or unable to use your insurance due to a barrier (high co-pay, no local in-network providers, etc.)
B) Low-income
C) Not had a mammogram in the past year
D) Age 40+ or under 40 with a symptom or concern

What’s the difference between Komen National and Komen San Diego?

Susan G. Komen® operates on two levels: the national organization is solely responsible for granting and managing research grants. Next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research in the world. Affiliates of Susan G. Komen (such as here in San Diego) are responsible for studying the local community and identifying disparities in accessing breast health services; supporting local services and programs to close the gaps to health care.

What is the difference between the Race for the Cure and The 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk?

The San Diego Race for the Cure is a 5k and 1-mile walk in Balboa Park. It is part of an international series with more than 140 events, locally managed by Komen Affiliates and Komen non-profit partners.   For every dollar raised by the San Diego Race for the Cure, 75% stays here in our County to provide free mammograms, biopsies, MRIs, ultrasounds, care coordination, education and financial assistance for breast cancer patients’ most critical needs during treatment. The remaining 25% goes into a pool of money from all affiliates to fund international research. Susan G. Komen is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government. Nearly 40 percent of our research investment is focused on metastatic disease and much of that investment has been awarded to scientists in San Diego.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60 mile walk over the course of three days. It is a national series that is managed by the national Komen organization.  The local affiliate does not produce this event.  San Diego is one of the “host cities” of the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day help support the global research program and other mission objectives. The remaining 25 percent helps Affiliates support local programs.

How does Komen San Diego decide where to invest funds in the County?

Susan G. Komen San Diego is the only organization that studies San Diego County to formulate a community profile, informing us of the gaps in breast cancer care and the barriers to health access. Komen San Diego then identifies the most critical needs within the community and works to fill the gaps and increase access to early detection and quality treatment. Please visit our grantmaking page to learn more about how our grantmaking process works.

What about Planned Parenthood?

Komen San Diego does not currently provide funds to Planned Parenthood. In some communities, Planned Parenthood may be the only source of free or low-cost women’s health screening services (e.g., pap smears, mammograms, clinical breast exams, etc.).  A small number of Komen Affiliates provide restricted grants to local Planned Parenthood clinics that offer vital breast health services for underserved women. These services provide otherwise unavailable breast screenings for women.  Komen and its Affiliates do not provide any funding for abortions or for any activities outside the scope of our promise to end breast cancer.

Where does the money go?

Since its inception in 1995, Susan G. Komen San Diego has invested more than $19 million in global breast cancer research and local breast health services. Next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research in the world. Much of that investment has been awarded to scientists and research institutions in San Diego.  Locally, Komen San Diego provides free mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds and financial assistance for breast cancer patients’ most critical needs during treatment. The organization also has a robust public policy and advocacy arm to ensure healthcare access and scientific progress. Komen San Diego’s lean and mighty team, along with an army of volunteers, works diligently year-round to ensure these integral community programs exist.

See how Komen research has supported the most common breast cancer therapies being used today:

What is Your Overhead?

The percentage of Komen San Diego’s operating and fundraising costs is 15 percent.  This allocation allows us to invest in the infrastructure of our organization – things like accounting, appropriate staff training, event management, direct mailings to donors and the management of the free programs we offer. A strong infrastructure of the organization is critical for stability and growth so that Komen San Diego can continue to serve thousands of women, men and families year after year. 

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance recommends an overhead no higher than 35 percent.

It is worthy to note that Guidestar and Charity Navigator came together in 2013 denouncing the overhead ratio as the sole measure of nonprofit performance. They stated: “overhead costs include important investments charities make to improve their work: investments in training, planning, evaluation, and internal systems—as well as their efforts to raise money so they can operate their programs. When we focus solely or predominantly on overhead … we starve charities of the freedom they need to best help the people and communities they are trying to serve.”

The small Komen San Diego team is proud to offer a tremendous safety net of services, research advancements and community education throughout the County of San Diego.  We are diligent in making the most of every donation we receive. 

What is Komen doing for metastatic or advanced breast cancer?

Researchers do not fully understand what causes metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and, as a result, don’t yet know how to prevent or treat it effectively. But they are working hard to find answers, and Komen is dedicated to helping them. Currently, Komen has invested in identifying the genes and processes that cause breast cancer cells to metastasize, developing and testing new therapies to both prevent and treat MBC, and discovering new methods for predicting or detecting metastasis using urine or blood tests. Collectively, we have invested more than $180 million in over 450 research grants and more than 40 clinical trials focused on metastatic breast cancer.

Clinical trials are key to making progress against metastatic breast cancer. Patients who join clinical trials receive high-quality patient care and at the same time, are contributing to the research process that could help themselves or others. Komen wants to help people with MBC find—and participate in—clinical trials, including many funded by Komen.

If you or a loved one needs information or resources about clinical trials, call our clinical trial information helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877- 465- 6636) or email at clinicaltrialinfo@komen.org.

How can my company get involved?

Partnerships are at the heart of what we do.  Working with our corporate partners, we make a far greater impact than we could acting alone.  Together we can make a difference for the people we serve in San Diego County. 

For more information on becoming a corporate partner or to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Judi Steadman at judi@sdkomen.org.           

What is more than pink?

 Pink is important and, if you ask the Susan G. Komen organization, there’s not enough pink as long as 40,000 women and men continue to die each year in the U.S. from breast cancer. However, pink is more than just a color; it represents the impact that each person is making in the fight against the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide.

Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026 is now rallying supporters to take the extra step – make a bigger, bolder impact and be “More Than Pink™.”

The More Than Pink™ movement celebrates the heroes who have made a significant impact in the fight to end breast cancer. Whether you’re the doctor who won’t give up on a patient, the volunteer who gives their free time to ensure the Race for the Cure goes off without a hitch, the corporation that invests in our mission, or the child who sells lemonade in honor of his or her mother; More Than Pink will provide the inspiration for everyone to act, donate, and get involved.