What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. As the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks unite communities with a shared determination to create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate participants raise critical funds enabling the Society to fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
The progress we're making because of the passion of Making Strides supporters is remarkable. And we have only just begun
We provide free information and support when and where people need it. If your friend is losing her hair because of chemotherapy, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay while getting treatment away from home, we have trained, empathetic people waiting and willing to help, and programs to meet most needs.
The American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type. Society-funded research has led to the development of potentially lifesaving breast cancer drugs such as tamoxifen and Herceptin, as well as the discovery of genes linked to breast cancer (e.g., BRCA1). We are currently funding more than $74 million in breast cancer research through 185 research and training grants. These grants are awarded in multiple areas relevant to the disease, including genetics, etiology, diagnostics (imaging and biomarkers), drug development; and preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological studies in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life.
The American Cancer Society is the leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer.
· We are investing more in groundbreaking breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease.
· We are in every community providing free, comprehensive information and support to people touched by breast cancer, when and where they need it.
· We are helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.
· Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for more than a century. Every day, 500 lives that would have otherwise been lost to cancer are saved. None of it would be possible without the generosity of donors like you. Your dollars help us to help people now who are fighting breast cancer in every community, while working to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer tomorrow.