Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, accounting for 1 in 4 cancer cases. It is the most frequent cancer amongst both sexes and is the leading cause of death from cancer in women.
To this end, UICC has launched key initiatives to support and strengthen the capacity of key breast cancer actors, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries.
In October 2020, UICC launched a five-year Breast Cancer Programme, leveraging established UICC’s Capacity Building programmes and convening platforms.
As part of this Programme, UICC will be offering 15 grants to UICC members for projects offering an evidence-based approach to improving the availability of and access to early detection of breast cancer.
In 2015, UICC teamed up with Pfizer Oncology to launch the Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) MBC Challenge.
This global grant initiative has supported new ideas and projects from advocacy groups, hospital networks and other non-for-profit organisations working to address the specific needs of metastatic breast cancer patients.
Since its launch, the SPARC MBC Challenge has awarded a total of 1,580,000 USD in grants to over 50 organisations from 35 countries, helping to get their projects off the ground through a package of training, networking, mentoring and financial support.