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We invest in research that's changing how we think about cancer. That means more answers, faster breakthroughs and treatment personalized for every patient. With three quarters of a billion dollars raised to date, that's progress.
Explore 25 years of breakthroughs
Heredity & Ethnicity
Most people who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease, but we know that’s not always the case. A person’s family history, inheritance, race and ethnicity are all important risk factors that have long been part of our research agenda. Our scientists have been behind major breakthroughs in this area, including discovering the role BRCA1 and BRCA2 play in breast cancer and uncovering the genetic link to more aggressive forms of the disease in women of African descent.
The more progress our researchers make, the better doctors are able to predict who is at risk and what can be done to prevent cancer’s onset.
Lifestyle & Prevention
A world free of breast cancer includes preventing the disease from occurring in the first place. While some factors are out of our control, like age or gender, we have uncovered a number of ways people may be able to reduce their risk.
Our researchers have demonstrated that maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active and avoiding stress can profoundly influence prognosis and incidence. These important advances are helping empower women and men to make lifestyle changes and minimize their chances of developing the disease.
If detected early, breast cancer can be controlled. It’s when the disease spreads, or metastasizes, that it often turns lethal. Metastatic cancer cells can lie dormant for years—even decades—only to “wake up” and find their way into different parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver, brain or bones. For those patients whose cancer metastasizes, there has been little hope for long-term survival. There’s nothing more important than stopping cancer in its tracks. We have to tackling metastasis through a multi-year, multi-institutional international collaboration. The first-of-its-kind Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund will enable researchers to understand why some breast cancers spread faster than others and why some respond to certain therapies while others don’t. At the program’s center are...
There are more breast cancer survivors today than ever before. We know the last round of treatment, however, doesn’t mark the end of one’s journey with the disease. Breast cancer changes a person’s life in many ways.
Women and men can face a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional challenges—ranging from pain and fatigue to cognitive impairment and sleeping issues—that make improving quality of life after treatment important to our researchers. Today, with more than 3.8 million survivors in the U.S. alone, not only is the definition of breast cancer changing but also what it means to manage the disease.
Every cancer is as unique as each patient. Thanks to research, we now know that no two cancers are the same and have evolved from one-size-fits-all treatments to tailored therapies and more effective drugs. With more personalized treatment comes improved outcomes.
Our researchers know that a treatment’s benefits, as well as its risks, differ for each person. The type of breast cancer, the stage of the disease and the characteristics of the tumor, along with one’s lifestyle and medical history, are all taken into consideration. Our aim? To find the least invasive, most effective option that will minimize adverse effects while maximizing success for each patient. We like to call this “outsmarting cancer.”
Understanding the basic biology of breast cancer is allowing us to get to the very core of the disease. Every aspect, from a cancer cell’s genes to the tumor’s environment, is under investigation. Our researchers are exploring the molecules that make up a cancer cell, how and why it transitions from normal to abnormal and why tumors react differently to different treatments. Their efforts are giving us the knowledge to achieve both prevention and a cure.
We've Been Saving Lives for Over 20 Years
Our research has impacted millions of women and men worldwide. With your help, we have raised more than half a billion dollars to accelerate advances and transform how we tackle breast cancer today. Explore some of the progress you have made possible.