Why we’re fighting cancer

Supporting the fight against cancer for more than 70 years

1 in 2 of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives.

Cancer is one of the biggest causes of premature adult deaths in the UK. Every year around 350,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed and more than 160,000 people die from the disease.

North West England and North Wales, where we operate, are home to some of the UK’s highest cancer rates. In the North West in particular you are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than anywhere else in the country. A gap which is unfortunately widening.

The good news is that more people are now surviving cancer than ever before. Today, Thanks to research, half of all people diagnosed with cancer will now survive. This is why funding for cancer research is so important.

Some of the world’s leading cancer research is happening right here in the North West of England and North Wales. North West Cancer Research works in partnership with some of the country’s top research centres based at the University of Liverpool, Lancaster University and Bangor University.

Our researchers are making vital progress into our understanding of cancer, how to detect, prevent and treat it, benefitting patients in the North West, North Wales and beyond. We have committed to funding more than £12.3million worth of research over the next five years.

To date our funding has helped facilitate clinical and laboratory research, looking at skin cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancers and many, many more.

It has helped facilitate the first ever clinical trial to look at the effective treatment of bowel cancer in Liverpool, and throughout Europe. It has allowed us to purchase state of the art equipment, such as a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer at Bangor University which is vital for fundamental cancer research.

This is just a small snapshot of the research we fund. We are only able to do so thanks to the strength of our supporters, who to date have helped us raise millions of pounds for cancer research. Thanks to their help, our researchers can help people affected by cancer today and in future generations to come.

Our aim is simple: to fund the best medical research for local people in North West England and North Wales, to stop cancer sooner.

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