Over the last 40 years, cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled.
In the 1970s just a quarter of people diagnosed with cancer would survive 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 for 10 years or more.
5 Exciting, life-saving developments by Cancer Research UK
1. In a bid to increase survival rates to 3 in 4 by 2034, we have initiated the Grand Challenge, the most ambitious science funding award ever. We have invited 10 world-class teams of scientists to submit their most innovative proposals on how to fight the disease in a bid to secure £20 million in funding from us to implement their research and development over the course of 5 years.
2. As a result of our lobbying government to implement the smoking ban in public places, the number of British smokers is down by 1.9 million since the ban came into place 10 years a go
3. We have honed in on the hardest to treat cancers. An example of this is the TRACERx study, our biggest single investment into lung cancer. Our researchers identified clues on why the disease returns ad used the information to develop a blood test
4. Brain tumour survival remains low, and has changed little in over a generation, which is why we made them a strategic priority as one of our cancers of unmet need. One of the many ways we are trying to increase the survival rate is by investing around £25 million over the next five years on ring-fenced, targeted initiatives
5. Professor Caroline Dive from our Manchester Research Centre was recently awarded an MBE for her ground-breaking research and development in personalised therapies. Working closely with the Christie, she has developed ‘liquid biopsies’ to hunt cancer cells that have broken free from tumours and are circulating in the bloodstream
It’s all thanks to our amazing supporters that our crucial research can happen. As we receive no government funding, the amazing volunteers and fundraisers across the country are key to Cancer Research UK driving our ambitions forward.
To find out more head over to our website: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/
Written in February 2018.