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Help Still Needed For Cancer Research

Today in August I received news from Cancer Research UK of a new video they have put together. The incoming message said that thanks to supporters and of course the medical teams, survival rates have doubled in just 40 years, from one in four to two in four.

This is of course a fabulous achievement for everyone around the world who has worked so hard in this area and also for everyone who has helped raise money to fund this research.

The Charity says they now want to accelerate progress and see at least three in four people surviving cancer in the next 20 years and they have launched an ambitious new strategy to try and make this a reality.

Cancer 10 year survival rates:

Cancer Research UK say their plan is for survival in the UK to be among the best in the world. They are focusing their efforts in four key areas:

  • working to help prevent cancer
  • diagnosing cancer earlier
  • develop new treatments
  • optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective.

They say their strategy is:

“We’ll continue to support research into all types of cancer and across all age groups. And we’re keeping our focus on understanding the biology of cancer so we can use this vital knowledge to save more lives.

We’re increasing our research in key areas such as early diagnosis, and hard-to-treat cancers including lung, pancreatic, oesophageal cancers and brain tumours.

We’re developing new tests, surgery and radiotherapy techniques, and cancer drugs. We want to personalise prevention, screening and treatment and bring benefits to patients sooner.

To help accelerate progress, we’ll be investing an additional £50 million a year into new funding schemes for our researchers. These will encourage collaboration and innovation, and support research tackling some of the biggest scientific challenges in cancer research.

Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of cancer and we’ll work towards the day when no one in the UK smokes – in particular by protecting children and helping people to quit.

We’ll campaign for the best cancer services in all parts of the UK, and give more people the chance to join the fight against cancer.”

Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Every year, tens of thousands more people are surviving cancer a decade after diagnosis, showing that we’re gradually reversing the tide on this devastating disease. This is thanks to the work of our scientists and doctors, but none of it would be possible without the generosity of the British public, whose donations we rely on to fund all our research.

“But each year more and more people are diagnosed with cancer. We believe no one should be diagnosed too late for their life to be saved and effective treatments should be available to every patient, no matter what type of cancer they have.
“Achieving our ambition to see three-quarters of all cancer patients surviving their disease in the next 20 years will be challenging. But with the continued commitment of our scientists, doctors and nurses and the generous support of the British public, we hope to see our progress accelerate over the coming years to make this a reality.”

As Cancer Research UK say, they can’t achieve their mission alone. The video link they sent to me highlights how much is being done by everyone here in the UK to help beat cancer.
On their website there are details on how you can become involved, perhaps help with an event, fund raise or even become a volunteer.
If you are involved in helping raise funds for Cancer Research UK or another cancer charity, do let us know. Perhaps by publishing what you are doing, we can help bring in more donations.

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