The American Cancer Society, which has been saving lives for 100 years, is urging women during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to join the Society in the fight to end breast cancer once and for all. As the leader in the fight to end breast cancer, the Society estimates more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 40,000 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2013.
“The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history and we encourage all women to take steps every day to stay well from breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol intake,” said Cathy Struecker, Marion County Community Relations Staff Partner at the American Cancer Society. “Thanks in part to the progress we’re making together, death rates from breast cancer have dropped by 33 percent since the early 1990s. This translates to 184,000 lives saved that would’ve otherwise been lost to breast cancer.”
The American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type. We currently have 220 active research grants related to breast cancer totaling $86 million. During fiscal year 2012 alone, we awarded $23.7 million in breast cancer research and training grants, and an additional $6.2 million on other reproductive women’s cancers (e.g. ovarian, cervical, etc.).