Mary Kay Foundation Awards $1 Million in Cancer Research Grants

The Dallas-based has announced grants totaling $1 million in support of research on cancers affecting women.

Grants of $100,000 were awarded to research teams, doctors, and medical scientists around the country studying breast and ovarian cancers. Since it was established in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $20 million in support of such research.

The foundation's 2013 grant slate includes six awards for breast cancer research and four for ovarian cancer studies. Grant recipients include a team at that is examining cancer markers across multiple subtypes of the disease, researchers at the who are looking at the effects of obesity on an aggressive subtype of breast cancer that strikes young women, and a team of scientists at that is researching ways to improve the 40 percent cure rate of ovarian cancer.

"We are committed to eliminating cancers affecting women by supporting top medical scientists working to determine the causes and cures for breast, uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers," said Karen Rogers, vice chair of the foundation's board of directors. "Our research funding has helped develop targeted therapies, more effective methods for the early detection of the disease, along with studying the hereditary links in cancers. However, cancer isn't cured in the laboratory alone, but also through the courage of those who have battled the disease like Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Dawn Barton who has been cancer-free for nearly two years after fighting stage-three breast cancer."

For more information on , visit the Mary Kay Foundation Web site.

"." Mary Kay Foundation Press Release 06/27/2013.