May has been designated National Cancer Research Month. Take this opportunity to learn more about the exciting research happening at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and how you can get involved.Cancer care today looks nothing like it did 50 years ago. For that matter, it's vastly different than it was 10 years ago. Research has made possible fundamental discoveries and new advances that have led to lifesaving improvements in how we prevent, detect and treat cancer.
And the statistics bear this out: Both the number of people being diagnosed with cancer and the number of people dying from cancer is dropping, for both men and women.
Facts About Cancer
- There are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States.
- Among adults, the five-year survival rated for all cancers combined has increased 18% since 1975. It is now approximately 68%.
- The five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers combined has increased 30%t since 1976. It is now nearly 83%.
- Advances in cancer research have significant implications for the treatment of other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS and macular degeneration.
Source: American Association for Cancer Research - "Facts About Cancer" [PDF].
About cancer research
- Basic cancer research at U of M: Work being done in the labs
- Clinical cancer research at U of M: Potential new treatments being tested today
- Cancer prevention and control research at U of M: Looking for new ways to detect or stop cancer
- Translational research: Moving from the lab to the clinic
- Cancer's stem cell revolution [video]
- Video library
Participate in cancer research
- An introduction to clinical trials [video]
- Learn about clinical trials
- The importance of clinical studies to cancer research [video]
- Patient story: LeElla [video]
- Patient story: Pete [video]
- Patient story: Larry [video]
- Patient story: Kristine [video]
- From patient to participant
- U-M's Phase I/Translational Research Center
- Questions to ask before choosing a clinical trial
- Find a U-M cancer clinical trial
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Suggested site, UM often has clinical trials listed on this site
Private funding is essential to the U-M Cancer Center's mission to conquer cancer through innovation and collaboration. Help support our basic and clinical researchers with your donation. Call our Development office at 734-998-6893 or make a donation online.