Clea Shearer is co-founder of The Home Edit, executive producer and one of the personalities behind Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show, “Get Organized with The Home Edit,” a New York Times bestselling author, and influential tastemaker.

In 2022 – under the age of 40 and with no family history of breast cancer – Clea was proactive after discovering a lump during a self-examination, and decided to get screened for breast cancer. Thanks to her determination and willingness to advocate for her own health, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Clea went public with this news in hopes that by transparently sharing her journey (#CleaKicksCancer), she could help save the lives of other women. The Clea Shearer Breast Cancer Research Fund aims to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and accessible screening services for all women, and propel research of the disease forward. Research is the key to understanding how breast cancer develops, and allows for better diagnostic tools and groundbreaking new therapies.

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Thanks to generous donations from Hello Sunshine and Candle Media, Nature Made® Wellblends, The Container Store and iDesign, the Clea Shearer Breast Cancer Research Fund has raised over $200,000 for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. To learn more about what V Foundation funded researchers are doing to stop breast cancer, check out Kexin Xu’s work to put the brakes on breast cancer.

 

"It’s a personal choice to make this public, but sharing my experience makes my cancer feel purposeful. If I can convince any of you to self-examine on a regular basis, self-advocate always, and prioritize your health over your busy schedules, then this will have meant something." -Clea Shearer

Breast Cancer Data and Why Research Is So Important

It’s estimated there will be more than 285,000 new breast cancer cases in 2022, this represents 15% of all new cancer cases. Breast cancer will account for 7.1% of all cancer deaths in 2022 (43,250). Nearly 13% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Age-adjusted death rates for breast cancer have been falling on average 1.3% each year from 2010-19. Between 2012-2018 the 5-year relative survival rate is 90.6%. Mortality from breast cancer has fallen 40% since 1993.

(Stats Source: National Cancer Institute)