In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years.
In 2014 Cancer Research UK launched our new strategy which focuses on key areas which will help us bring forward the day when the term ‘cancer’ is no longer something we fear. We will focus on prevention; did you know 4/10 cancer deaths could be prevented each year through lifestyle changes? Early Diagnosis; for example someone who is diagnosed with Bowel Cancer at stage 1 has a 94% chance of survival, at stage 4 there is less than 4% chance. Treatments; research into new treatments and transitioning them from the lab to patients faster. Optimisation; using personalised treatment methods to target different cancers more effectively.
Our scientists research into all 200 different types of cancer and they are working hard to ensure high survival rates across them all. Their pioneering research is how we have come so far – but we won’t stop there.
Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured and thanks to support from everyone taking part in the Tilnar Cycle Challenge for Cancer Research UK, we will make that happen. We don’t receive any Government funding so the money raised at events like this, really do make a huge difference to what we can achieve.
Sooner or later we will beat cancer. Let’s help make that day sooner!