What is Rare Cancers?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a rare disease as one with a prevalence of fewer than 200,000 in the United States. There are hundreds of different cancers that are rare including: 

  • Brain Cancer

  • Cervical Cancer

  • Gall Bladder Cancer

  • Metastatic Melanoma

  • All Pediatric Cancers

  • Pancreatic Cancer

  • Sarcoma

  • Stomach Cancer

  • Uterine Cancer

More than half of all cancers are classified as “rare.“ These cancers combined together affect millions of people and the number of cases has been steadily increasing.

The Cause

Research on rare cancers is drastically underfunded and attract fewer research dollars than more common cancers, like breast and lung cancer. This results in fewer treatment options for rare cancer patients. Research on finding cures for rare cancers could yield to treatment of other more prevalent forms of cancer, making the need for research funding important for all cancer patients.

You can help this vital cause by supporting the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer.

The Penny F. Garrett Sarcoma Foundation is 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2010 to raise awareness and much-needed funding for sarcoma and all other rare cancers research.

P.O. Box 832
Damascus, VA 24236

Tel: 276-492-0701


© 2010 by the Penny F. Garrett Foundation.

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