We fight to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

At the LIVESTRONG Foundation, our mission is to inspire and empower people affected by cancer.

We consider anyone affected by cancer—patients, caregivers and loved ones—a survivor at the moment of diagnosis and through every stage of the cancer journey. We’re letting survivors know they’re not alone. There are 28 million people living with cancer around the world, and we’re standing with them in the fight against cancer. We’re helping survivors find their voice and take control of their fight.

In 2010, cancer became the leading cause of death worldwide.

Cancer accounts for nearly eight million deaths worldwide each year, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. LIVESTRONG is calling on world leaders to make cancer a global priority. We believe all cancer survivors have the right to receive the treatment, services and support they need.

Share Your Story

  • I have or have had cancer.

  • I have a loved one who has had cancer.

  • I am a health professional or healthcare provider.

Together with local partners, we will…

  1. Increase Awareness of cancer as a priority among policy makers.

  2. Improve Access to care for cancer survivors around the world.

  3. Empower People affected by cancer to engage in the fight against cancer.



  • Gina Tarditi

    Coordinator, INCAN Patient Program

    Mexico City, Mexico

    I think if we encourage people who have some impact on society to talk about their cancer experiences, it will help fight the stigma on cancer that currently exists.

  • Verónica Gascon Gonzalez

    Sobreviviente de cáncer de colon

    Mexico City, Mexico

    I think the most important thing for people to know it that, yes, you can fight cancer.

Patient Empowerment Project

Comparte Tu Historia

The Patient Empowerment Project empowers patients and organizations to become cancer control advocates through focused training and prepares them to collaboratively plan and host a Cancer Patient Forum in their country.

As of 2008, less than 50 countries in the world have prepared or implemented national cancer control plans. Cancer patients and their families can help us learn what is working well in a health care system and what needs to be addressed. Their voices are a powerful tool in advocating for change and improvements in attitudes, knowledge, practice, policy, systems, and services. The Patient Empowerment Project was designed to leverage the patient voice by empowering patients to share their stories through testimony in a Forum in front of policy makers, media, and the public, bringing a face to the country’s problems in cancer care. The overall goal of PEP is to support at a country level, a comprehensive, survivor-informed national call to action which organizations and individuals are ready to promote.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation with implementing partner John Snow Inc. (JSI) implemented the Comparte tu Historia campaign in Mexico to raise awareness about cancer, change misperceptions about the disease, and challenge the stigma and silence that surrounds the world’s leading cause of death.

The primary focus was on four cities in Mexico including Alvaro Obregon, Nezahualcóyotl, Guadalajara, and Mérida. Over a period of 18 months beginning in December 2010, the campaign aired more than 5,000 television spots reaching more than 104 million people, reached more than 857,000 people on Facebook monthly, trained 244 people through a community Trainer of Trainers program, aired more than 1,000 radio spots reaching reaching 93 million people, and held 10 special events, including an event on World Cancer Day which gathered over 7,000 people in Mexico City’s Zócalo.

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