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Transatlantic alliance supports breast cancer research
Date:5/6/2009

Brussels, 6 May 2009 A new transatlantic alliance has formed in the global battle against breast cancer, with the US-based international grass-roots movement Susan G. Komen for the Cure giving its support to the groundbreaking IMPAKT Breast Cancer Conference, co-organized by the Breast International Group (BIG) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest source of non-profit funds for the fight against breast cancer. To help accelerate the search for cures for breast cancer, it will fund young cancer doctors from less affluent countries to attend the IMPAKT meeting where world leaders in translational research will discuss cutting-edge treatments that are now moving from laboratories into the clinical setting. Komen will also support ESMO research fellowships in preeminent cancer centers in Western Europe to offer doctors from Eastern European countries the opportunity to learn the newest technologies and bring them back to their home institutes.

"As breast cancer knows no borders, neither can our fight to end it," said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "And so we must work together -- as we're doing here from nearly 70 countries -- as one united global breast cancer community. We need to put cancer at the top of the global health agenda. With the resources and resolve to prevent the preventable, treat the treatable, cure the curable, and provide palliative care for those in need."

"If we can work together -- researchers, clinicians and governments -- to cooperate and collaborate, it may be possible not only to discover cures but to translate and deliver them," added Ambassador Brinker. "We must forge an approach that is not simply anti-disease, but pro-health, and not simply treatment, but prevention."

"We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. Our collective impact on breast cancer research and advocac
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