What Cancer Research UK does

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

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Cancer Research UK strategy

In the 1970s, around 1 in 4 people in the UK with cancer survived their disease for 10 years or more. Today, however, half will survive - that's doubled in just 40 years.

It's an achievement that has enabled more people to continue to live active, happy lives and has kept families together for longer. Within the next 20 years, Cancer Research UK’s aim is to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people survive the disease. 

Watch the video to find out more about Cancer Research UK's strategy to tackle cancer head on.


Cancer Research UK are focusing their efforts in four key areas:

  1. Preventing cancer
  2. Diagnosing cancer
  3. Developing new treatments
  4. Optimising current treatments


Tackling all cancers

Groundbreaking research into all types of cancers and across all age groups is supported by Cancer Research UK. The charity's work focuses on understanding the biology of cancer, so this vital knowledge can be used to save more lives.

As gifts in Wills make up more than a third of the charity's income, they enable an increase in research in key areas such as early diagnosis and hard-to-treat cancers including lung, pancreatic, oesophageal cancers and brain tumours. 

These gifts help fund the essential work of Cancer Research UK, including into the development of new tests and treatments for cancer.

To help accelerate progress, Cancer Research UK invests millions each year in funding for researchers encouraging collaboration and innovation, whilst supporting research tackling some of the biggest scientific challenges in cancer research. 

It's a high aspiration and Cancer Research UK cannot do it on its own. The charity relies on dedicated scientists, doctors and nurses, and the generosity of people across the UK. With the power of pledges, cancer can be made a thing of the past.


Cancer Research UKPledge right now to help beat cancer sooner

To find our more or to request a free Gifts in Wills guide, visit or call 0800 035 9000.


Fundraising RegulatorCancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103)”

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