We're BIG against breast cancer

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Despite important progress made in the last decades, the number of breast cancer diagnoses is on the rise. It is not only one of the most common cancers among women, but also one of the leading causes of cancer-related death. Today, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Annually, breast cancer still causes 522.000 deaths in the world.

Many studies run by the BIG network ask questions with no commercial interest, but for which answers could lead to significant improvements for patients and society. When is it safe to give a short duration of treatment with an expensive drug? Which patients need to be subjected to radiotherapy? How can young women with breast cancer still fulfill their dream of having children?

Every year, too many people are touched by the pain and hardship caused by breast cancer.

We are on a mission to change that.

Male breast cancer

While breast cancer is certainly more common among women, men can be affected too. Men represent less than 1% of all breast cancer cases.

Younger women

Evidence has shown that younger women are increasingly being affected by this disease. Of the 1.67 million new breast cancer cases diagnosed in 2012, 33% were patients under the age of 50.

How we work

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Research is the only way to understand breast cancer, how and why it progresses, and how it ultimately can be cured. We design, conduct and facilitate the coordination of international clinical trials. The money we raise is directly invested into innovative research that makes a BIG difference for patients and their loved ones. Our goal is to improve patient survival and quality of life, by finding the right treatment for every patient. Global collaboration is crucial to make significant advances in breast cancer research. It reduces unnecessary duplication of efforts, accelerates our understanding of breast cancer, contributes to the faster development of better treatments and increases the likelihood of finding a cure.

There is no cure for breast cancer but BIG can make a difference by facilitating international collaboration to develop clinical trials and research programmes that will help find better treatments and ultimately a cure.

A global network of experts

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Today, BIG represents the largest network of academic research groups dedicated to finding cures for breast cancer. We unite over 50 groups and connect thousands of hospitals, bringing together world class experts across more than 50 countries and 6 continents who collaborate on pioneering breast cancer research. We are proud to be both global and local, helping breast cancer patients from all over the world. Our team works meticulously to ensure that every euro is accounted for and then provides reports for our donors.

By bringing together world class experts, we will find a cure for breast cancer.