Raleigh--Susan G. Komen for the Cure®’s 2012 research program takes aim at early and late stage breast disease while seeking answers in early detection, cancer prevention, and socioeconomic issues that often make breast cancer outcomes worse in minority and medically under-served women.
Komen announced on May 17th $2.42 million in new research funding for the Triangle in 2012, augmenting the $23.8 million that the organization has locally invested in breast cancer research since 1990. Komen is the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government.
“A special focus this year is on making sure that all women get the right treatments from the outset,” said Komen President Elizabeth Thompson. “This might mean no treatment, or very limited interventions, for lesions that might never develop into cancer. At the other end of the spectrum, we want new therapies that promise a full, high-quality life for women with advanced and metastatic disease.”
The Komen 2012 national research program includes 154 grants to researchers in 22 states and seven countries. Komen currently funds more than 500 active research grants around the world.
The 2012 grants cover the full “continuum of cancer care,” Thompson said, including research into prevention, environmental issues, more sensitive screening, personalized treatments and factors that lead to worse breast cancer outcomes in minorities and special populations.
A complete list of Komen’s new peer-reviewed grants is available on Komen’s website at: http://ww5.komen.org/2012grants.html.
Grants were awarded in the Triangle for research at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, adding four more research grants to the 86 programs that have been locally funded by Komen since 1990. In 2011, there were 35 active grants in the Triangle, totaling over $15 Million of ongoing cancer research conducted in the area.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen NC Triangle Affiliate
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever, and in 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The NC Triangle Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the Komen NC Triangle service area. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research. For more information, call 919-493-2873 or visitwww.komennctc.org.