The Charities we support


We are the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, from the most common types to those that affect fewer people. Thanks to our 40,000 volunteers and supporters, and our 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses we are working to save more lives by preventing, controlling and curing cancer. Every year more people in the UK die from cancer than any other disease and sadly today, 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. So, chances are you will know someone who has been directly affected. This number is on the increase mostly because we live longer now, and cancer risk increases with age. But the good news is, more people are surviving than ever before. 40 years ago, only 1 in every 4 people diagnosed with cancer would survive their disease for 10 years or more. Today that figure is 2 in 4, and it’s our doctors, scientists and nurses that have been at the heart of this progress. Thanks to research we know more about cancer and how to prevent, diagnose and treat it than ever before. Our ambition is that in 20 years, 3 in 4 people will be surviving cancer. The areas where we’ve made the most progress are: Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years, compared with those diagnosed forty years ago. Furthermore, almost 2/3 of women diagnosed with breast cancer now survive 20 years or more. Nearly all men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer are cured. Childrens’ cancers where survival has tripled, meaning three quarters of children with cancer are now cured, compared with around a quarter in the late 1960s. So you can see what this progress means for thousands of families right across the world. So why support Cancer Research UK? We are the only charity with the knowledge and expertise to tackle all 200 types of cancer. Thanks to research we’ve made enormous progress in understanding the biology of cancer and turning this knowledge into treatments. With the vast amounts of knowledge our researchers have, we’re now at a turning point in the fight against cancer.



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