The research BCRF funds is transforming lives today. A woman with an inherited gene mutation can take action to minimize her risk of breast cancer. Another is diagnosed at the earliest possible stage: zero. A doctor can unravel a tumor’s intricacies to predict how a patient will respond to treatment. Each day and every dollar bring us closer to our ultimate goal of a world without breast cancer. Read how people are advancing—and benefitting from—research in BCRF’s areas of focus.
Heredity & Ethnicity
While most people who develop breast cancer have no family history, the disease can be influenced by race, ethnicity, and genetics. After learning she carried the BRCA2 gene mutation, Erika Stallings could reduce her risk of breast cancer—thanks to research.
Metastatic breast cancer causes virtually all deaths from the disease and has no cure. Since Melissa Thompson was diagnosed, research has bought her more time with her daughter.
As a researcher, Dr. Sofia Merajver has deepened our understanding of breast cancer. And as a breast cancer patient, she has also experienced BCRF-supported breakthroughs firsthand.
Lifestyle & Prevention
Because of research, we know that certain lifestyle modifications can reduce one’s risk of breast cancer and recurrence. With BCRF support, Dr. Neil Iyengar is devising ways to help survivors make healthy changes.
Yen Lam had to stop training for marathons while she was being treated for stage 1 invasive lobular breast cancer. With cancer now behind her, she is back to doing what she loves: running.
Between Eileen Bigsby’s first and second breast cancer diagnoses, six years apart, treatments improved dramatically. Because of research, Eileen is still cancer-free decades later.