Be the breakthrough.™
Breakthroughs are the patients participating in clinical trials, the scientists and doctors working together to advance the fight against cancer, and the brave survivors like Tonya who never give up. Let’s be the breakthrough.
Everyone can play a part in the breakthroughs that will bring us closer to defeating cancer—including you.
“Even the smallest steps against cancer are breakthroughs and can lead to something extraordinary. Getting screened, participating in a clinical trial, caring for patients, teaching prevention or pursuing an uncharted area of research—these are all breakthroughs.”Morgan Freeman
Screening is the first line of defense against cancer.
Screening plays a big role in the progress we’ve made in the fight against cancer.
There are many cancers that can be detected early through screening, including colon, rectal, cervical, lung, ovarian and skin cancers. Talk to your healthcare provider about appropriate screenings for your age, sex, family history and risk factors.
Routine mammograms can decrease a woman’s chances of dying from breast cancer by more than 30 percent compared to the late 1980s.1
“Screening is an important tool to catch some cancers at earlier stages when they are highly treatable or before they start altogether. It’s a simple yet critical step that everyone can take to ensure the number of cancer deaths continues to drop.”Richard Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Participate in a Clinical Trial
Trials can lead to breakthroughs that may help to save many lives.
Clinical trials offer you the chance to receive investigational medicines or procedures that experts think might improve the treatment of cancer. The decision to participate in a clinical trial may help you and may help many others in the future.
Only a small fraction, about 3-4%, of the estimated 20% of adult cancer patients who are eligible for a clinical trial actually join one.5 So, by learning about clinical trial options, you’re taking a big step in the fight to end cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about clinical trials that may be right for you.
Right now, there are over 3,000 active clinical trials designed to investigate new or different ways to treat, diagnose or prevent cancer.6
“We’d tried everything to stop my lung cancer. But I learned about a clinical trial. I remember waiting and waiting for my first results. Then, my doctor said there was no evidence of cancer. Getting the news was magic. Cancer breakthrough moments happen when you least expect them.”Jessica, lung cancer survivor
Even the smallest of actions can mean the biggest of breakthroughs.
A seemingly small action can go a long way for someone with cancer.
Here are three ways that you can Be The Breakthrough™ in progress against cancer.
- Volunteer at a local hospital.
- Drive a family member or friend to their next appointment.
- Show your support and share your cancer journey.
Together, we’ve turned the tide on cancer. But there’s still work to do.
Today, more than 14 million cancer survivors are living in the United States—up from 3 million about 40 years ago.1 Why? Because we can now catch cancer earlier, target tumors more directly, and prevent some types altogether.
While fewer people are dying from cancer each year, we need everyone’s help to make the biggest breakthrough of all—a world where cancer is no more.7,8
See animation below of the U.S. cancer mortality rates for each state over time.
Learn more about 40 years of cancer breakthroughs and the march toward the day when cancer will lose.
About The Be The Breakthrough™ Program
Be The Breakthrough™ is a public awareness program jointly presented by Stand Up To Cancer and Genentech to educate you on the important role you can play in the fight against cancer.
- Cancer Facts and Figures 2016. American Cancer Society.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations.
- Stop Colon Cancer Before It Starts. American Cancer Society.
- Cervical Cancer. American Cancer Society.
- D’Amato SA. Identifying and Overcoming Participation Barriers in Cancer Clinical Trials. Cancer Therapy Advisor.
- PhRMA 2014 Report.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER.
- U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group's United States Cancer Statistics: 1999-2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.