Here Are Seven Grants in Honor of World Cancer Day

Every single year, 10 million people die from cancer. That alone makes it an essential issue to address. And while medical staff and researchers have made progress, there is still so much more work to be done. Experts predict that by 2030, that number will rise to over 13 million people per year. Death rates from cancer are higher than those of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, combined. This is why on February 4th, the world sets aside a whole day to recognize the work that needs to be done, as well as honor those who have survived this disease and those who have not been as fortunate.

World Cancer Day is an initiative that can unite all of us. The day can remind people to increase funding for research and treatments and to provide more hope for those struggling and their families and loved ones. However, the day is also about teaching people all around the world what they need to do in terms of prevention. Prevention is a major aspect of early detection, which can mean saving so many lives.

World Cancer Day: Looking Forward in order to Save Lives:

So, what does prevention mean? And how can a day like World Cancer Day bring together more people worldwide to understand the importance of it? Well, prevention can mean yearly physicals. Prostate exams for men can also detect early-stage prostate cancer, one of the most deadly kinds. For women, it’s incredibly important to begin getting annual mammograms by the age of 45 for early breast cancer detection. The American Cancer Society even recommends that women begin to at least consider optional screenings around age 40. Initiatives focused on ensuring that more women have access to these screenings are incredibly important.

The Union for International Cancer Control is a membership organization participating in World Cancer Day and they have tools to help. UICC boasts over 1200 organizations as members in over 172 countries. They are at the forefront of research organizations, policy influencers, and ministries of health and patient organizations. UICC is trying to expand the reach of World Cancer Day, and ensure that more people are reached through important educational initiatives.

Some Additional Resources to Help:

GrantWatch has a category specifically for health and medical grants. as well as one for research grants. And in honor of World Cancer Day, GrantWatch is sharing seven of these grants that provide funding for cancer research and patients below.

Seven Grants for World Cancer Day

  1. Firstly, there are grants to U.S., Canada, and International early-career investigators for blood cancer research projects. Research projects should be on blood cancers, including lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and/or MDS.
  2. There are also grants to U.S. and territories nonprofit organizations and individual investigators for research that focuses on cancer prevention, control, and treatment. Funding is for innovative research projects that focus on the changes in national, state, and/or local policy and the response to these changes by healthcare systems, insurers, payers, communities, practices, and patients.
  3. Grants to U.S. researchers affiliated with nonprofit institutions to support cancer research. Funding is to support projects that find new treatments or cures. Eligible applicants are post-doctoral researchers. Priority will go to researchers who are new to the field of cancer research, or to established research investigators examining new approaches to cancer cure.
  4. In addition, there are grants to U.S., Canada, and International early-career investigators for research related to cancer. The program is to support research to advance the understanding of and/or approaches to the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of cancer.
  5. Fellowships to U.S., Canada, and International postdoctoral researchers working in a U.S. lab for cancer research projects. Funding is to support young promising scientists at a critical stage in their careers.
  6. Grants to U.S. families of children with cancer for financial support. Funding is to offset financial challenges families are facing as a direct result of a child’s illness and treatment. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to travel costs for treatments, mortgage payments/rent, and prescription medications not covered by insurance.
  7. Finally, there are grants of $500 and grants of $750 to U.S. and territories cancer patients to pay for treatment. Funding is to provide assistance to income-eligible individuals who are currently receiving treatment for breast cancer.

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