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WHY RESEARCH?

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Although great progress has been made, cancer incidence continues to grow. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Today, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Breast cancer still causes 522.000+ deaths annually in the world.

International research can seem far away from the needs of breast cancer patients. But the reality is that when a clinical trial is developed on an international scale, the results are useful for the whole medical community and thereby benefit breast cancer patients worldwide. Global research is crucial to find and assess new effective and targeted treatments. To be able to be confident about the results, clinical research cannot be limited to one institution or one country.


Trials that transformed lives.
1.6 M+
DIAGNOSES EVERY YEAR
1 WOMAN
DIES FROM BREAST CANCER EVERY MINUTE
1% MEN
MALE BREAST CANCER ACCOUNTS FOR 1% OF ALL BREAST CANCERS

Research Saves Lives

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Research is the only way to understand breast cancer, how and why it progresses, and how it can ultimately be stopped.

We know more about breast cancer than ever before. BIG brings together the world’s leading breast specialists to combine resources and multi-disciplinary expertise. For more than 15 years we have been conducting innovative clinical trials and research that have helped to develop better and more personalised treatments, improving patient survival and quality of life.


Clinical Trials Explained.

Asking the right questions

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So far, approximately 70.000 patients from all over the world have taken part in BIG trials, many of which are landmark as well as practice-changing.  The participation and engagement of both physicians and patients are crucial to have a real impact on the future of breast cancer treatments.

Many studies run within 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?


Trials that need your support.

Global research to find a cure

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BIG facilitates and accelerates breast cancer research at the international level by stimulating cooperation between its member groups and other academic networks, and collaborating with, but working independently from, the pharmaceutical industry. We are working together towards one goal: to cure breast cancer.

Global research is crucial to find and assess new effective and targeted treatments. In order to test new treatments with enough patients and be confident about the results, clinical research cannot be limited to one institution or one country. Global research increases our chances of finding a cure.

Creativity, innovation and generosity. These elements are essential for scientific research aimed at developing the innovative treatments of tomorrow. Those who will save lives.


Research Principles.

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