A daffodil against cancer 2023: the Institut Curie raises funds to finance research

Each year, 400,000 people learn that they have cancer in France. It is also the leading cause of death. To continue to fight against this scourge, and to cure patients, research must move forward. To fund it, Institut Curie is launching the 19th edition of its “A daffodil against cancer” campaign, with the aim of raising 1 million euros to support research and innovation.

The Institut Curie, which has been fighting cancer for more than 100 years, recalls a few figures: each year, 58,500 breast cancer are detected, 50,400 of the prostate46,300 lung cancers, 43,100 colorectal… And 40% of them could be avoided thanks to prevention, because they are due to tobacco, alcohol, unbalanced diet, overweight…

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33% of research at Institut Curie relies on donations

This year’s campaign is dedicated to early diagnosis and screening: the sooner a cancer is detected, the greater the chances of being able to cure it, with a rate that can reach 90%. But for that, we must continue to develop diagnostic tools that are as efficient as possible and as least invasive as possible. For genomics, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, modeling or even anatomopathology to continue to be effective, new funding is needed.

The director of the Institut Curie research center, Professor Alain Puisieux explains: “Generosity is essential since it represents 33% of cancer research funding at the Institut Curie. Faced with the challenges of screening and early diagnosis, our multidisciplinary teams are developing very promising approaches to identify new biomarkers and design the diagnostic tools of tomorrow, combining highly innovative imaging technologies.”

Several events will be held throughout the month of March to finance this project, all over France. Like solidarity sales, or even a connected challenge until March 26, in the form of a race. The principle: “each participant registers his promise of kilometers when registering. An objective to be achieved during the 12 days of the campaign on the free dedicated application “Course Jonquille”. For each kilometer covered, a donation of €1 will be donated to the Institut Curie by the major partner of the event in order to fight against cancer, which remains the leading cause of death in France.”

The funds collected will support research and medical innovation dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancers: the 15 to 24 age group is affected by 1,700 new cancer diagnoses each year.

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