Susan G. Komen has a rich history of more than 30 years in public policy and advocacy. In order to achieve our mission we believe that scientific progress must be complemented by sound public policy and advocacy. Through government action, broad, systemic, lasting change can be made in the fight against breast cancer. This means that Komen—as a patient advocacy organization with first-hand knowledge of how breast cancer touches local communities—must engage policymakers and government as partners in our efforts to end breast cancer forever.

To advance our policy priorities, Komen works with our staff, volunteers, grantees, researchers and friends in communities across the United States, to ensure breast cancer is a priority among policymakers at the federal, state and local levels and to increase access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services.

Find information about Susan G. Komen’s advocacy efforts and priorities on a national level at

Locally, in Oregon and SW Washington:

  • Join Komen in Salem on Monday, February 18th, as we join forces with the American Cancer Society for ACS CAN Oregon Day at the Capitol.  We will be at the capitol from 8:30 am – 5 pm, where we’ll have a training on the issues and how to conduct a legislative meeting, followed by meetings with our state legislators.  We will share our stories and talk about the importance of screening in the early detection of breast cancer, as well as state funding of ScreenWise, the state program that provides free breast and cervical screening services to those in need.  Register to attend:
  • Sign our online petition and share that you support state funding of ScreenWise, the state’s breast and cervical cancer program: