It is estimated that more than 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016 and more than 14,000 people will die from the disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, cancers of the kidney and renal pelvis have risen by 1.4% over the last 10 years, which is a significant difference from many other cancers where numbers have actually declined over the same time period. And yet, according to the American Cancer Society, of the 782 grants awarded for cancer research in 2016, only nine were made available to kidney cancer. Lack of access to grant money for research makes it more difficult for kidney cancer researchers to access additional funding from other sources.
This is why KCCure (the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance) was formed. KCCure is a grassroots organization of patients, caregivers, doctors and medical researchers dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to kidney cancer through increased funding to accelerate research that will lead to a cure for all patients and prevent future kidney cancer diagnoses. Operations are funded primarily through contributions from the public, including individuals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. Funds go toward providing financial support to scientists via peer-reviewed grants to advance kidney cancer research.
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