Breast cancer can make anyone feel alone. The American Cancer Society is there for people every step of the way. We provide people with the resources that can help improve – and even save – lives. From free rides to chemo and places to stay when treatment is far from home, we're here for everyone with questions and concerns. Together, we are stronger than breast cancer.
Celebrate American Cancer Society Denim Days now through December 31!
American Cancer Society Denim Days brings us together to help save lives from breast cancer. Since the event began in 1996, participants have raised more than $97 million to make sure no one has to face the disease alone.
We're making so much progress against breast cancer. Mortality rates have dropped 39% among women since 1989. That’s more than 322,000 lives saved! We invest in research, as well as programs and services that patients and families rely on.
This year about 266,120 American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,920 women are expected to die from the disease. With deaths from the disease among women ranking second only to lung cancer in the United States, we must continue to make progress. The American Cancer Society issues breast cancer screening guidelines, funds research for improved screening and treatment, encourages healthy lifestyles that can help prevent a diagnosis, and provides programs and services for all who face the disease.
We're leading the fight against all cancers on all fronts - including breast cancer, which still affects far too many of our loved ones. Donate now through December 31 to our Denim Days campaign!
Mortality rates from breast cancer have dropped 39% among women between 1989 and 2015. That's more than 322,000 lives saved from the disease! Your donations help us do even more.
We invest in research to find causes, better treatments, and even cures for breast cancer. Since 1946, we've invested more than $4.8 billion to study all cancers, and we've played a role in many major breakthroughs in recent decades.
Find out more about breast cancer research projects we fund. CLICK HERE
We use Denim Days donations to fund breast cancer research, as well as to provide free rides to chemo and places to stay near hospitals, our live 24/7 cancer helpline, and so much more. Please donate now.
American Cancer Society DENIM DAYS GRANT PROFILE SUMMARY
YING LIU, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine
Learning Why More Black Women with DCIS Develop Breast Cancer
The Challenge: Widespread screening for breast cancer has greatly increased the number of precancerous lumps found. Called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), these lumps can progress to breast cancer if not treated. To minimize that, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network treatment guidelines for DCIS first call for surgery to remove the lump, followed by hormone treatment and radiation. Unfortunately, all women with DCIS don’t receive guideline-based treatments, creating treatment disparities.
The Research: As one of the first to study DCIS treatment disparities, Ying Liu, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, learned that non-Hispanic black women with DCIS have a higher chance of developing breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
Now, Liu’s team is analyzing records of women with DCIS to learn:
How a patient’s race/ethnicity, health care provider, and neighborhood influence her ability to stick with proven therapies
Characteristics of health care providers and neighborhood where racial differences in DCIS treatment are highest
How delaying radiation therapy affects a woman's long-term health
How racial disparity in DCIS outcomes relates to patients not following recommended treatments
The Goal and Long-term Possibilities: Liu’s team hopes to inform future strategies to improve access and follow-through of high quality cat in black women with DCIS to help eliminate disparities.
American Cancer Society Denim Days brings people together to help save lives from breast cancer
In the weeks leading up to Denim Days, rally your friends and coworkers to donate $5 or more to wear jeans to work. Money raised will support the American Cancer Society’s work to help save lives from breast cancer.
Since Denim Days began in 1996, participants have raised more than $97 million to help save lives from breast cancer.
This year, by joining together, we’ll add even more to that total. Donations will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce breast cancer risk or find it when it might be easier to treat.
History of Denim Days
Denim Days began with a simple concept – if each of us takes a small step to help eliminate breast cancer, collectively, those steps will take us far in achieving our goal. Employees at a private company got together to ask coworkers for donations to “go casual” for the cause. And what’s more casual than denim?
The idea spread, and now companies, schools, and other organizations nationwide have participated in raising funds and awareness to support our programs and services that help those with breast cancer, and also to help others avoid a diagnosis altogether.
Join the American Cancer Society for Denim Days®, a fundraiser to help finish the fight against breast cancer through donations and cancer fundraising.
In the weeks leading up to Denim Days, rally your friends and coworkers to donate $5 or more to wear jeans to work one day in October. Money raised will support the American Cancer Society’s work to help save lives from breast cancer.