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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Cancer?
Cancer is personal. This terrible disease has touched our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. An estimated 595,690 Americans will die in 2016 from cancer, more than 1,630 people per day. Cancer is the most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

Who does Cancer affect?
Cancer does not discriminate it will affect 1 in 3 people. An estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2016.

What is the most frequently diagnosed type of Cancer?
Women – 29% of all cancers diagnosed is breast cancer.
Men – 21% of all cancers diagnosed is prostate cancer.

What are the Survival Rates?
The five-year survival rate for all cancers is now 69% compared to 49% in 1977.  While the survival rates are going up, there is still a long way to go. That’s why we, at The H Foundation, are committed to energizing science to find a cure.

What is Basic Science Cancer Research?
Basic science cancer research explores fundamental functions of the human body at the molecular level.  Scientists investigate how cells cancer grow, die and become immortal.  Thus, stopping cancer before it starts or has a chance to grow.

Why Basic Science Cancer Research?
We believe that finding a cure for cancer starts from the ground up.  Since basic cancer research explores fundamental functions of the human body at the molecular level, this is a great place to start. Basic Science is also the most significantly underfunded aspect of the research continuum. Scientists and researchers need this critical funding to explore innovative ideas that will result in breakthrough discoveries.  

Where do the funds go and how are they used?
All proceeds go directly to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University to support Basic Cancer Science Research.  Contributions raised by The H Foundation allow scientists to come up with ideas to compete for larger grants.  Each year, the seed money we provide grows into millions of dollars of private and government funding, multiplying your contribution exponentially in the fight to find a cure. To-date, we have raised nearly $6.4 million which has been leveraged into over $50 million in additional research funding!


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January 10, 2017
Live in the moment.
This is the final letter in a series about how Cancer is Personal. This one is from Sheila Walsh, a member of The H Foundation Advisory Board who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. New year. New opportunity. New hope. Even if you have cancer. And because of… Read More
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