Riders Fund Research for Rare Cancer Types

by Dana Demas

Breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer account for nearly half of all cancer diagnoses. The “big four” cancer types also drive a huge amount of awareness and fund most of the research efforts to find a cure.

However, there are hundreds of cancer types – known as “orphan cancers” – that affect tens of thousands of people, but receive little funding.

One of these so-called orphan cancers is angiosarcoma. Angiosarcoma develops in the body’s blood vessels. They’re most common in the skin, breast, liver or deep tissue, but they can grow anywhere in the body.

Most cancer cells rely on the growth of new blood vessels to continue multiplying and spreading. Tumors feed on the increased blood supply, fueled by the network of blood vessels. Without it, they stop growing.

As a result, finding a cure for angiosarcoma, could pave the way to finding the cure for cancer.

Cycle for Survival, run by Memorial Sloan-Kettering, is an indoor team cycling fundraiser that raises awareness and research support for rare cancers. So far, they’ve raised $4.5 million. In addition to helping people with angiosarcoma, Cycle for Survival funds research for a variety of lesser known cancer types.

If you want to help fund rare cancers, join one of the teams with a donation or by riding with them. An upcoming event in San Francisco supports funding for angiosarcoma. There are teams in Chicago, New York and Long Island, too.

Learn more about Angiosarcoma and current research efforts.