Susan G. Komen San Diego Turns 25!

Look at some of the top accomplishments over the past 25 years from our local affiliate in San Diego.

1995
Susan G. Komen® San Diego Affiliate is established.

1998
Herceptin: Biotechnology Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Wins FDA Approval. Funded in part by Komen and game changer for HER2+ breast cancers.

2007
Komen awards the first grant for the Komen Tissue Bank, the only biorepository of its kind collecting normal breast tissue to study the causes and prevention of breast cancer.

2009
The Komen Affiliates of California helps pass a law to require that reimbursement rates for digital mammograms be the same as analog mammograms.

2010
Komen San Diego funds the first patient navigation program at Sharp Grossmont. The initiative has grown to a sustainable program that is offered at all Sharp locations. Now, each medical institution in San Diego County has a robust patient navigation system.

2011 & 2012
The Komen Affiliates of California help pass a law to require health care providers to inform women if they have breast dense tissue and encourage further conversation between the patient and her doctor.

2013
The U.S. FDA approves Lymphoseek® for use as an imaging agent for l lymph node mapping in breast cancer and melanoma patients. Developed in San Diego by Dr. Anne Wallace at UCSD, funded in part by Komen, and can help prevent unnecessary lymphedema.

In Partnership with Komen San Diego, The San Diego Chargers are the first NFL team in the nation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a unique campaign to underwrite the cost of providing more than 700 women access to free mammograms.

The Komen Affiliates of California help pass a law to ensure that cancer patients can afford the oral anticancer medications covered by their health plan or insurance and not have to rely on chemotherapy treatment intravenously at a medical facility.

2016
The Komen Affiliates of California help pass legislation to expand eligibility for breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for symptomatic women, and provide more comprehensive treatment coverage for breast and cervical cancer.

Komen San Diego convenes patient navigators at its first Breast Health Collaborative to ensure the breast health community is working together to identify best practices, build consensus, and provide a unified voice about the unmet needs of San Diego County and direction of breast cancer policy and care.

2017
Susan G. Komen San Diego surpasses $19 million invested in global breast cancer research and local breast health services.

In Partnership with Komen San Diego, The San Diego Padres underwrite free mammograms for San Diegan women.

2018
The Komen Affiliates of California help pass a law removing the 18 and 24-month treatment caps in the state-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. Now, uninsured and underinsured Californians will be able to complete their full prescribed treatment plans without an arbitrary time limit.

2019
Susan G. Komen San Diego-supported fertility preservation bill, SB 600, signed into law by Governor Newsom on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Health insurance companies in California are now required to cover the cost of fertility preservation procedures for Californians whose cancer treatments result in infertility.

Susan G. Komen reaches $1 billion mark for research- with focused projects locally on metastatic breast cancer and new treatments.

 

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