On August 18th, We Recognize the Research

World Breast Cancer Research Day, August 18, is a global recognition of the life changing research (past, present, and future) to end breast cancer — once and for all.


of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2022.


of all cases worldwide are diagnosed as breast cancer. Globally, it is the most common.


of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

million women in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer (as of 1/2022)

men are estimated to die from breast cancer in 2022.


of women in the U.S. are first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.


of newly diagnosed cancers in 2022 in women will be breast cancers.

About World Breast Cancer Research Day

World Breast Cancer Research Day is an opportunity for us to amplify the importance of finding a cure for breast cancer. The world does a fantastic job of showcasing breast cancer advocacy and research during the month of October, but this day is an attempt to show the breast cancer community that they are supported beyond that.


Although both women and men can have breast cancer and we are committed to finding a cure for everyone who is impacted by the disease regardless of gender, the 18th day of the 8th month of the year is indicative of the 1 in 8 women (and 1 in 833 men) who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.


Breast cancer advocacy and research is highlighted significantly in the month of October, but our fight against the disease needs to continue throughout the rest of the year. Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research recognized the need to highlight breast cancer — specifically the research that is being done to combat the disease ­— outside the month of October. In January of 2024, Tower Cancer Research Foundation extended its mission by establishing the Dr. Susan Love Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Tower Cancer Research Foundation funds high impact cancer research and supports a range of survivorship programs. As Tower gains the assets of the Dr. Susan Love Foundation, the focus remains, with additional resources and reach to carry on their vital work and integrate the work of Dr. Susan Love and her foundation. We’re hopeful that World Breast Cancer Research Day will be a pivotal day in history that will allow us to achieve a breast cancer-free world.

Dr. Susan Love Foundation believed that finding the cause of breast cancer lies at the intersection of love + research. By supporting the work of innovative researchers, encouraging diverse science, empowering an army of advocates, and facilitating studies for everyone affected by the disease, with love, we know it’s only a matter of time before we win this fight for our lives. World Breast Cancer Research Day was founded in 2021.

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