Identity

1965 - 2021
our history

1965 1977 1985 1991 1996 1998 2006 2010 2012 2014 2019 2020 At the time of founding, the Association’s name is AIRPC, (Italian Association for the Promotion of Cancer Research). Then, in 1976, the name changes definitively into AIRC. AIRC resolves on the establishment of the Italian Cancer Research Foundation FIRC The Azalea della Ricerca blossoms for the first time in the streets of Italy The Arance della Salute take to the streets Guido Venosta establishes a prestigious scientific award which, upon his death, becomes PREMIO FIRC GUIDO VENOSTA. The award is aimed at supporting the study and research of new therapeutic approaches to neoplasms. 17 The number of the Regional Committees increases to covering all regions of Italy. FIRC opts to concentrate its funding on the creation creation of the FIRC Institute Of Molecular Oncology First Cancer Research Day under the high patronage of the President of the Republic. IFOM Over people support AIRC with pre-tax donations 800,000 5x 5 per mille donations give birth to the Molecular Clinical Oncology Programme , soon followed by the Early Diagnosis and Tumour Development Risk Analysis programme in 2011. Cioccolatini della Ricerca The make their first appearance in the streets: it is the dawning of AIRC’s third large-scale fundraising campaign. AIRC e FIRC can count upon supporters 4,500,000 AIRC becomes Fondazione AIRC per la ricerca sul cancro (AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research) AIRC e FIRC merge. AIRC allocate € 136 million to research
1965 At the time of founding, the Association’s name is AIRPC (Italian Association for the Promotion of Cancer Research). Then, in 1976, the name changes definitively into AIRC. 1977 1985 The Azalea della Ricerca blossoms for the first time in the streets of Italy. 1991 The Arance della Salutetake to the streets. 1996 Guido Venosta establishes a prestigious scientific award which, upon his death, becomes ‘PREMIO FIRC GUIDO VENOSTA’. The award is aimed at supporting the study and research of new therapeutic approaches to neoplasms.The number of the Regional Committees increases to 17, covering all regions of Italy. 1998 FIRC opts to concentrate its funding on the creation of the IFOM (FIRC Institute Of Molecular Oncology).First Cancer Research Day under the high patronage of the President of the Republic. In 2012, the event expands into the Days of Research. 2006 Over800,000people support AIRC with pre-tax donations 5x 2010 5 per mille donations give birth to the Molecular Clinical Oncology Programme, soon followed by the Early Diagnosis and Tumour Development Risk Analysis programme, in 2011. 2012 The Cioccolatinidella Ricercamake their first appearance in the streets: it is the dawning of AIRC’s third large-scale fundraising campaign. 2014 AIRC and FIRC can count upon4,500,000SUPPORTERS 2019 AIRC becomes Fondazione AIRC per la Ricerca sul cancro (AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research) 2020 AIRC and FIRC merge. AIRC allocate €125 million to research

Let's make cancer
ever more treatable

Since 1965, we have been continuously supporting the progress of cancer research, thanks to fundraising, and we have informed the public on the results achieved, on their potential for treatment, and on prevention.

At the core of our mission lies a common set of shared values and principles. AIRC contributes to the progress of oncology promoting young talents, supporting the most innovative research projects, and investing in cutting-edge technologies.

We are Italy’s main private funding hub for cancer research: in 2021 we allocated €136 million to this activity.

20,000 volunteers 17 Regional Committee 148 AIRC employees allocated by AIRC to research projects since 1965 Over 1.7 billion euro allocated by FIRC to IFOM since 1998 Over 282 million euro 1965 AIRC founding date
20,000 volunteers 17 Regional Committee 148 AIRC employees allocated to IFOM since 1998 Over 282 milion to research projects over 1.7 billion euro Since 1965 AIRC has allocated 1965AIRCfoundingdate

Cancer
in figures

Every day, in Italy, an average of 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer.

Our latest estimates (2020) show a slight increase compared to 2019: an estimated 377,000 total cases occurred in 2020 (195,000 men and 182,000 women). Incidence rates for melanoma and pancreatic cancers are greatly increased in both sexes. Lung cancer is increasing in women while it continues to fall in males. Breast cancer cases also show a slight increase.

These figures provide a clear picture of the social impact of a disease such as cancer, which still requires a great deal of research in order to find new treatments for those who are fighting their battle today, and for those who will get sick in the future.

NEW CANCER CASESIN 2021 ITALIANS WITH A NEW OR PREVIOUS DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER IN 2021 Of these, 1 out of 4 can be considered cured over 3.6 million 195,000 men 182,000 women

The support
of the community

Supporters Researchers Volunteers Media Schools Companies Celebrity endorsement Staff 5 per mille contributors Institutions Suppliers AIRC Community

We rely on internal and external stakeholders to carry out our mission. Each brings their own instruments and methods to contribute to the progress of research — researchers pursue an ethical and professional purpose, while supporters, volunteers, and partners support their work.

We can count on the help of the media, institutions, testimonials, and schools to spread our message: a virtuous circle that allows the whole community to benefit from the progress of research, and viceversa.