Pfizer and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) have joined forces to offer the Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) Grants, an initiative aimed at empowering advocacy groups, hospital networks, support groups and other organisations worldwide as they initiate projects to close the gap in information, support, awareness, and policy between metastatic breast cancer and early breast cancer, as well as help reduce the number of women diagnosed at the metastatic stage of breast cancer.
More than 1.6 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and this is increasing particularly in low- and middle-income countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed at late stages. In 2015 twenty competitively selected organisations were granted funding to implement novel and sustainable projects, in 2017 another twenty will follow their lead.
In 2015, breast cancer constitutes 25% of all cancer cases diagnosed around the world. Over the next decade, over 16 million women will learn that they have breast cancer, and approximately one-third of these women will develop advanced disease (stages III and IV). While global funding for early stage disease has received essential and substantial attention, much fewer resources have been dedicated to advanced breast cancer patients. It is an incurable disease, requiring a robust and individualized response from a given health system, as well as long-term social and psychological resources as patients face complicated decisions, and often face discrimination and a sense of isolation.
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