Advances of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

As the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, breast cancer accounts for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed cancers. It’s certainly a monster we need to stop. Fortunately, we are seeing a gradual reduction in diagnoses of women aged 50 and older, and the death rates from breast cancer have been declining since the early 90s. This is all due to the hard work of researchers and charitable organizations, providing a framework to build and advance treatments, awareness, and early detection.


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Hard Facts:

  • In the United States, one in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime.
  • Nearly 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S.
  • Of those, almost 20% won’t survive the battle.
  • On average, one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.



Thanks to the stellar work of cancer researchers and charitable organizations over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. While this community of survivors continues to grow, the crusade to end breast cancer is waning.


The Pedal Effect:

Of the nearly $3 million dollars raised by Padres Pedal the Cause in the last 3 years, a portion of those dollars has gone to breast cancer research. Many of the funded projects are collaborative efforts between Salk Institute Cancer Center, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, and Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center. Some of the outstanding beast cancer specific research projects funded by Pedal include:

  • The effects of breast cancer treatment on aging
  • The breast cancer genome project by Dr. Geoffrey Wahl
  • Halting breast cancer’s spread
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