New CDC Study Shows Changes In Breast Cancer Death Rates By Age Group

Corresponding author: Lisa C. Richardson, lrichardson@cdc.gov

Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.cdc-logo1

Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women (1). Compared with white women, black women historically have had lower rates of breast cancer incidence and, beginning in the 1980s, higher death rates (1). This report examines age-specific black-white disparities in breast cancer incidence during 1999–2013 and mortality during 2000–2014 in the United States using data from United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) (2). Overall rates of breast cancer incidence were similar, but death rates remained higher for black women compared with white women. During 1999–2013, breast cancer incidence decreased among white women but increased slightly among black women resulting in a similar average incidence at the end of the period. Breast cancer incidence trends differed by race and age, particularly from 1999 to 2004–2005, when rates decreased only among white women aged ≥50 years. Breast cancer death rates decreased significantly during 2000–2014, regardless of age with patterns varying by race. For women aged ≥50 years, death rates declined significantly faster among white women compared with black women; among women aged <50 years, breast cancer death rates decreased at the same rate among black and white women. Although some of molecular factors that lead to more aggressive breast cancer are known, a fuller understanding of the exact mechanisms might lead to more tailored interventions that could decrease mortality disparities. When combined with population-based approaches to increase knowledge of family history of cancer, increase physical activity, promote a healthy diet to maintain a healthy bodyweight, and increase screening for breast cancer, targeted treatment interventions could reduce racial disparities in breast cancer.

USCS includes incidence data from the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (2). Data on new cases of invasive (malignant) breast cancer* diagnosed during 1999–2013 were obtained from population-based cancer registries affiliated with NPCR or SEER programs in each state and the District of Columbia (DC). Incidence data in this report met USCS publication criteria, covering 99% of the U.S. population during 2009–2013 and 92% during 1999–2013.† SEER Summary Stage 2000§ was used to characterize cancers as localized, regional, distant, or unknown stage using clinical and pathologic tumor characteristics, such as tumor size, depth of invasion and extension to regional or distant tissues, involvement of regional lymph nodes, and distant metastases. Breast cancer death data during 2000–2014 were based on death certificate information reported to state vital statistics offices and compiled into a national file through the National Vital Statistics System; mortality data in this report cover 100% of the U.S. population. Race and ethnicity were abstracted from medical records for cases and from death certificates for deaths; this report includes all races, white, and black, regardless of ethnicity. Population estimates for the denominators of incidence and death rates were from the U.S. Census, as modified by the National Cancer Institute. Five-year average annual incidence rates for 2009–2013 and death rates for 2010–2014 per 100,000 women were age-adjusted by the direct method to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups).¶ Average annual percentage change was used to quantify changes in incidence rates during 1999–2013 and death rates during 2000–2014 and was calculated using joinpoint regression, which allowed different slopes for three periods; the year at which slopes changed could vary by race and age.

During 2009–2013, approximately 221,000 breast cancers were diagnosed each year (Table). Overall incidence of breast cancer was similar among black women (121.5 cases per 100,000 population) and white women (123.6 cases per 100,000 population), but differences by age and stage were found. Compared with white women, breast cancer incidence was higher among black women aged <60 years, but lower among black women aged ≥60 years. Black women had a lower percentage of breast cancers diagnosed at a localized stage (54%) than did white women (64%) (Table). Among white women, breast cancer incidence decreased from 1999 to 2004, and then stabilized, decreasing 0.8% per year on average; however, breast cancer incidence was stable from 1999 to 2005 among black women and then nonsignificantly increased (Figure 1). Breast cancer incidence trends differed by race and age, particularly during 1999–2004 when rates decreased only among white women aged ≥50 years. During 1999–2013, among women aged 60–79 years, rates of breast cancer incidence decreased significantly among white women, but increased significantly among black women (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/trends_invasive.htm).

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Figure 1: Trends* in invasive female breast cancer incidence, by race† and year of diagnosis — United States,§ 1999–2013 (CDC/MMWR, October 14, 2016)

During 2010–2014, approximately 41,000 deaths from breast cancer occurred each year (Table). Breast cancer mortality was 41% higher among black women (29.2 deaths per 100,000 population) than white women (20.6 deaths per 100,000 population). Breast cancer death rates decreased during 2010–2014 among both blacks and whites, although differences in trends by race and age were found (Figure 2). Overall, breast cancer death rates decreased faster among white women (−1.9% per year) compared with black women (−1.5% per year). Among women aged <50 years, breast cancer death rates decreased at the same pace among black and white women, whereas white women aged ≥50 years had significantly larger decreases. The largest difference by race was observed among women aged 60–69 years: breast cancer death rates decreased 2.0% per year among white women compared with 1.0% among black women.

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FIGURE 2. Average annual percentage change* in female breast cancer death rates, by age group and race† — United States, 2000–2014 (CDC/MMWR October 14, 2016)

Discussion

Recent trends in breast cancer incidence suggest that the convergence and now equal incidence for black and white women has been primarily because of incidence increasing among black women, particularly among those aged 60–79 years, and concomitant decreasing or stable rates in white women. Breast cancer mortality is approximately 40% higher among black women compared with white women, with faster decreases in mortality among white women. This report confirms previous findings by race overall (1), and presents age-specific changes for incidence and mortality by race. Continue reading

Tanger Outlets Launches The 23rd Annual PINK Campaign To Support Fight Against Breast Cancer

Once again, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is rallying shoppers to participate in the ‘Tanger PINK Movement’ this October to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the ongoing efforts to end breast cancer during the 23rd annual Tanger PINK Campaign.

The Tanger PINK Campaign launched October 1st at Tanger Outlets across the United States and Canada. Part of Tanger’s efforts to raise awareness and help find a cure includes offering its shoppers a stylish way to save more and help in the fight. Tanger PINK Cards offer our shoppers 25% off any item at participating stores. PINK Cards can be used once per day, per store with unlimited use through October 31, 2016. Tanger’s PINK Cards are available in two ways including a mobile card saved on your phone or a physical card to save in your wallet and can be purchased at any Tanger Outlets nationwide, or on line at www.tangeroutlet.com/pink or on the Tanger’s app.

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Tanger Outlets. (PRNewsFoto/Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.)

We are proud to join forces with our valued shoppers and retailers across the United States to raise awareness and much-needed funds for breast cancer research and prevention,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. We empathize with every customer, retailer, and employee who has been affected by this disease. We are fully committed to supporting these important organizations, with the goal of finding a cure to a disease that has affected so many families.

Other programs Tanger hosts to support their annual PINK program include center events, fitness and 5K Walk/Runs, Pump Up the PINK parties and an exciting program launched last year that randomly surprises shoppers with PINK gifts and gift cards as they shop including randomly purchasing their products at check out and more. Tanger Outlets also is giving away gift cards and PINK items socially on their sites for fans throughout the month.

Since 1994, Tanger has contributed more than $17 million to breast cancer research through the PINK Campaign, 5K races, on-site events and other breast cancer-related fundraising initiatives across the U.S. In support of the PINK Campaign, this year, Tanger Outlet Centers will also host local events and moments to rally shoppers in the fight against breast cancer.

Proceeds from the campaign will support local breast cancer organizations as well as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the nation’s highest-rated breast cancer organization according to Charity Watch and Charity Navigator. Through BCRF, Tanger donations have directly supported pioneering studies in breast cancer, including research conducted by Dr. Kenneth Offit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Katherine Nathanson at The University of Pennsylvania, and Drs. Elizabeth Jaffee and Leisha Emens at Johns Hopkins University.

Year after year Tanger Outlets has reaffirmed its commitment to be the end of breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “In uniting with BCRF and supporting the world’s most innovative research, Tanger is helping to improve breast cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment—transforming lives every day.”

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by the late Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $57 million in grants to support the work of more than 250 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. By committing 91 cents of every dollar directly to its mission, BCRF is one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization in the US to hold both an “A+” from CharityWatch as well as the top four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Visit www.bcrfcure.org to learn more.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., with more than 35 years of experience in the outlet industry attracting more than 185 million shoppers annually, is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that presently operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 43 upscale outlet shopping centers and one additional center currently under construction. Tanger’s operating properties are located in 21 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 14.7 million square feet, leased to over 3,100 stores which are operated by more than 490 different brand name companies. (For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the Company’s website at www.tangeroutlet.com.)

Bright Pink® Partners With Aerie® and American Eagle Outfitters® for the 2016 “Support Your Girls” Campaign Focused On Breast Health Awareness For Young Women

Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters to donate 100% of sales from Limited-Edition Bright Pink Sunnie Demi Bra, Undie and Boxer

Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, is proud to announce an integrated initiative with Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Aerie will offer a Limited-Edition Bright Pink Sunnie Demi Bra, while American Eagle Outfitters will offer a Limited-Edition Aerie Undie, Boxer and Boxer Brief with 100% of sales benefiting Bright Pink. This will mark the seventh consecutive year for the partnership but the first time both brands are participating. The campaign will run both in Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters stores and online at www.aerie.com and www.ae.com now October 19th, 2016. Aerie, American Eagle Outfitters and Bright Pink will promote the program through social media, customer e-mails and in-store marketing.413653

In addition, Aerie will introduce several opportunities for customers to help the cause, including inviting shoppers to donate to Bright Pink in Aerie stores by rounding up their purchase totals at the register. The partnership aims to spark important conversations among women about the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and inspire them to take take action, while also raising funds to fuel Bright Pink’s life-saving education programs.

Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink‘s innovative programs educate and equip young women to assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, reduce their risk, and detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach the 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18-45 with this life-saving education. Put Awareness In Action™ at BrightPink.org.

We’re incredibly lucky to have partners like Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters who share our vision to educate millions of women on their breast and ovarian health and empower them to take action,” said Bright Pink Founder and CEO, Lindsay Avner. “Through the ‘Support Your Girls’ campaign, both brands will raise critical funds that support the growth of our programs, while also inspiring their customers and employees to be proactive with their own health; a life-saving combination.”

Jennifer Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President, shares the same enthusiasm for the campaign: “We are so proud to partner with Bright Pink for the seventh consecutive year,” Foyle said. “Not only does our partnership help raise awareness for Bright Pink’s life-saving programs, but it also helps encourage body positivity and healthy habits for Aerie girls.”

The partnership includes several components:

  • 100% of sales from the Limited-Edition Bright Pink Sunnie Demi Bra and Undie will be donated to Bright Pink. The bra, which is light pink in color, will be sold in Aerie stores and online at www.aerie.com from 9/30 through 10/19, or while supplies last. The Bright Pink Undie will be sold in American Eagle Outfitters stores and at www.aerie.com.
  • 100% of sales from the Bright Pink Boxer and Boxer Brief will be donated to Bright Pink, and will be sold in American Eagle Outfitters stores and online at AE.com from 9/30 through 10/19, or while supplies last.
  • One percent of all sales purchased using an American Eagle Outfitters or Aerie credit card in stores or online at ae.com and aerie.com will be donated to Bright Pink, up to $75,000.
  • Shoppers will be invited to donate to Bright Pink at Aerie stores by rounding up their in-store purchase totals.
  • The online hub for the campaign can be found at www.Aerie.com/AerieSupports, where visitors can access more information about the partnership and find links to breast health educational programs on Bright Pink‘s website.

Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters social media channels will explain the partnership and encourage girls to get educated about their own breast health. Bright Pink stories of impact will be shared on Aerie’s blog, showcasing firsthand accounts around importance of being breast self aware starting at a young age.

(For more information, visit www.facebook.com/aerie and www.facebook.com/brightpink.)

Sartori® Cheese Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sartori Cheese will be releasing their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano, with a guaranteed $10,000 donation to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). This is the third year Sartori has partnered with NBCF, an organization dedicated to aiding women by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer.

“Community is one of our core values here at Sartori,” shares Director of Marketing, Sue Merckx. “NBCF gives women a fighting chance by providing early detection, education, and support services. We are honored to contribute to their mission.”

Hand rubbed with crushed peppermint candy, the limited edition cheese sports a vibrant pink rind – the symbolic color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although it may seem like an unlikely pairing, the marriage between the sweet and minty flavors makes a surprisingly mouthwatering combination.

Sartori Cheese releases their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (PRNewsFoto/Sartori Company)

Sartori Cheese releases their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (PRNewsFoto/Sartori Company)

Sartori’s Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano cheese will be available for purchase at specialty retailers across the United States as well as online at the Sartori Cheese Shop beginning in October.

Sartori has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades for the Specialty, Retail, Ingredient, Restaurant and Food Service markets. Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori has an impressive array of award winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across their entire line. For more information, please visit www.sartoricheese.com or call directly at 800-558-5888.

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the NBCF’s mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for 11 years, NBCF provides women “help for today and hope for tomorrow” through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF Online Support Community, and Breast Cancer Research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

Simon Malls, The Mills® and Premium Outlets® to Participate in 2015 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Simon Goes ‘Mission Pink®‘ with Susan G. Komen® to Fight Breast Cancer

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, today announced a national engagement with Susan G. Komen® to support the fight against breast cancer. Participating Simon Malls, The Mills® and Simon Premium Outlets® nationwide will engage employees, retailers and shoppers in ‘Mission Pink®’ Events throughout the month of October.

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Simon (PRNewsFoto/Simon)

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company. The industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia, Simon provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.

During October 2015, Simon is proud to support Susan G. Komen through various fundraising initiatives and, along with the help of our generous customers, will guarantee a contribution of at least $250,000.

The Forum Shops at Caesars(R) is showing its support for Simon&apos;s &apos;Mission Pink&apos; program by lighting up in pink for the month of October (PRNewsFoto/Simon)

The Forum Shops at Caesars(R) is showing its support for Simon’s ‘Mission Pink’ program by lighting up in pink for the month of October (PRNewsFoto/Simon)

Visitors to participating Simon Malls, The Mills or Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried out at Simon Guest Services Booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories. Other planned activities include:
Message of Strength: Provide an opportunity for survivors, supporters and their families to visually articulate what gives them strength during their fight with breast cancer.
Voucher Program: At select Simon Mills and Premium Outlets, $10 voucher cards, available at Guest Services, will offer 25 percent off one item at all participating retailers. One hundred percent of these donations will benefit Komen.
Style Passes: At select Simon Malls, shoppers can purchase a Style Pass containing retailer discounts for $5 with 100 percent of these donations benefiting Komen.
Local Programming: Simon centers will work with local Affiliates on additional events that are relevant to their market.
Surprise and Delight: Generate awareness of Susan G. Komen’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by surprising randomly selected shoppers with ‘Mission Pink’ treats as they shop.


As active members in the communities we serve, Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets provide an ideal backdrop for raising awareness and encouraging support in finding a cure for breast cancer, a disease we know affects many of our employees, retailers and shoppers every year,” said Krystal Zell, Simon’s Senior Vice President of Field Marketing. “Simon has supported Susan G. Komen events for years on a center by center basis and it is very exciting to raise our level of engagement so that all of our shopping centers can participate.”

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

We are delighted to be working with the dedicated people at Simon,” said Dr. Judy Salerno, Komen President and CEO. “With one case of breast cancer diagnosed every two minutes in the U.S., programs like Simon’s ‘Mission Pink’ play a key role in bringing our mission to people in communities across the country. The support of Simon and their customers will help us fund research, provide support to women, men and families suffering from breast cancer, and move toward a world with no breast cancer.”

For more information, visit simon.com. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with the organization on social media at ww5.komen.org/social.

Mission Pink® is a registered trademark of Susan G. Komen.

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East Supports The Battle Against Breast Cancer With Unique Package

One Of The Premier Hotels In Midtown New York Will Donate $100 To Susan G. Komen® Greater NYC Every Time Select Suites Are Booked Throughout October

Highlighting Marriott’s Spirit to Serve, Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East (at 866 Third Avenue in New York, New York) has pledged to donate $100 to Susan G. Komen Greater New York City each time a special pink-themed suite is booked at the hotel any day in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Along with the hotel’s charitable donation on their behalf, guests will receive deluxe overnight accommodations for prices starting at $359 a night with a choice of two Susan G. Komen promotional items. Promotional items are chosen upon guests’ arrival and will be delivered to their homes following checkout.

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East pledges to donate $100 to Susan G. Komen Greater NYC each time a guest books one of their pink-themed suites, offered throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For information, visit www.marriott.com/MYCME or call the hotel directly at 1-212-644-1300.  (PRNewsFoto/Courtyard New York Manhattan/Mi)

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East pledges to donate $100 to Susan G. Komen Greater NYC each time a guest books one of their pink-themed suites, offered throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For information, visit http://www.marriott.com/MYCME or call the hotel directly at 1-212-644-1300. (PRNewsFoto/Courtyard New York Manhattan/Mi)

Started in 1982, Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, Komen has invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries. Komen’s efforts have helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent since 1990; and have helped improve five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers from 74 to 99 percent. The hotel has decided to partner with the local Affiliate, Komen Greater NYC, as a way to continue Marriott‘s tradition of community service and to help support those outside the hotel walls.

The hotel features 18 floors with 313 rooms, 4 suites, 1 meeting room with 420 square feet of space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and Table 866, open for breakfast. Positioned in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East, the hotel seeks to serve the surrounding community with which it shares a home. Visitors of all kinds will love the hotel’s convenience to top destinations including Radio City Music Hall, MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center and much more. Guests can also explore nearby restaurants, Times Square, Fifth Avenue or New York Botanical Gardens, as well as order tickets to an unforgettable Broadway show, just a short taxi ride away.

After action-packed days in the city, travelers will return to contemporary accommodations that are 40 percent larger than average NYC hotel rooms. Guests will enjoy sinking into Marriott’s signature bedding while connecting to complimentary wireless Internet access, available in each of the rooms, and watching their favorite shows on flat-panel TVs. Business travelers will additionally appreciate private workspaces with large desks and ergonomic chairs for a comfortable and convenient place to prepare for their next meeting.

In the mornings, visitors are invited to fuel up with healthy selections and specialty Starbucks beverages at Table 866, located on the 12th floor of the hotel, which features inspiring skyline views of the city. The Market is also available in the lobby for guests to buy on-the-go snacks and toiletries forgotten at home.

No matter what brings them to the Big Apple, October travelers are encouraged to join the hotel’s care for the cause and book a special pink-themed suite today.


Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. For information, visit www.marriott.com/NYCME or call directly at 1-212-644-1300.

Chico Offers Limited-Edition Scarf by Watercolor Artist and Entrepreneur Sheila Johnson To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

Chico’s announces the launch of a limited-edition scarf designed by watercolor artist and business entrepreneur Sheila Johnson to support Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. During the campaign, Chico’s will offer the limited-edition scarf, designed by Johnson, at Chico’s boutiques across the US and Canada, as well as online at www.chicos.com. The company will donate $10 to Stand Up To Cancer (up to $100,000) for every scarf purchased from now through to the end of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Chico's Limited Edition Cerulean Sky Scarf  by Artist and Businesswoman Sheila Johnson, To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer(PRNewsFoto/Chico's)

Chico’s Limited Edition Cerulean Sky Scarf by Artist and Businesswoman Sheila Johnson, To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer(PRNewsFoto/Chico’s)

 

We’re thrilled to continue our important collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer and to join forces with powerhouse Sheila Johnson to help raise funds and awareness for such a worthy cause,” says Liz Hodges, Chico’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. “Stand Up To Cancer is a formidable organization that is pushing cancer research forward to an unprecedented degree. Chico’s, together with our customers, is proud to be able to contribute to such a dynamic effort.

The mission of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C was established in the United States in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Sheila Crump Johnson is an American artist and businesswoman, co-founder of BET (with her ex-husband, Robert Johnson), CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and the first black American female billionaire. Johnson is team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA‘s Washington Mystics, a position she earned before the 2005 season. On May 24, 2005, Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman, Abe Pollin, sold the Mystics to Lincoln Holdings LLC, where Johnson served as president. She is the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). Johnson is also CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a company she founded in 2005. Salamander’s portfolio includes: Reunion Resort located in Reunion, Florida; The Woodlands Resort & Inn, in Summerville, SC; The Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a 900-acre (3.6 km2), 72 hole PGA tour golf course in Palm Harbor, FL; and The Salamander Resort & Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Middleburg, VA. (The Woodlands Resort & Inn was recently sold to Charleston attorney Johnny Linton, but is still managed by Salamander.)

Johnson is a Global Ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Her I Am Powerful Challenge” raised over $8 million in 2007. She serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York and funded the opening of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, combining classrooms, public program spaces and galleries. She sits on the boards of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois Foundation. Johnson is also the Ambassador for the Healthy Site Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women.

I learned about Stand Up To Cancer many years ago and have been personally invested in this organization since it was started,” says Johnson. “I became involved because I’ve lost so many friends and close family members to cancer. Only research can answer why this disease touches so many, and research needs dollars to continue the fight.”

We are deeply grateful to Chico’s for helping raise awareness about Stand Up To Cancer among their customers all over the U.S. and Canada. We can each play a role in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-founder and (retired) entertainment industry veteran producer and executive Sherry Lansing.