One of the fantastic charities we are raising funds for is Cancer Research UK. One of the most recognised charities in Britain, this cause has a vision to increase the survival rate of cancer victims to 75% within the next twenty years.
The charity as it is today has been around since 2002, and currently supports the work of over 4,000 doctors, scientists, and nurses throughout the UK. With the money they raise, they are able to fund these developments and they hold fundraising events to help even more people.
So far, the charity has funded major breakthroughs in a wide range of areas. Not only do they focus on finding out more about each cancer type individually, but they also explore other areas such as cancer biology, cancer drugs, clinical trials, radiotherapy, and the cancer prevention, just to name a few.
Nowadays, more than half the people who are diagnosed with cancer survive for at least ten years, as opposed to the quarter who survived back in 1970. Such changes can be clearly seen in certain cancer types, such as breast cancer, which has seen an increase from a 40% survival rate to 78% in just the last 40 years. Similar results have been seen in other cancers such as testicular cancer and malignant melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer.
However, there are other types which have not showed the same success rates, with only one percent of pancreatic cancer patients being expected to live longer than ten years. It is with the money they raise that researchers hope to improve these statistics in order to reach their goal of a 75% survival rate by twenty years’ time.
Research is being funded in a wide selection of areas, including, among many others, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Leister, and Southampton. The benefits of the research, however, are not exclusive to these areas, and the discoveries made by the research teams help people all across the world.
Money made for Cancer Research UK by the One Million Project will go towards funding researchers, helping bring us even closer to the day when all cancers will be cured.
Find out more about Cancer Research UK by visiting their website:
OMP Admin Note: Rachel Wollaston is a writer and OMP Network member – one of a group of networkers who will be blogging on a regular basis on various causes and issues.
Rachel Wollaston’s fiction can be found on Amazon in the flash fiction series BITE SIZE STORIES (Volume One) along with three other guest writers. Her full length book KINGDOM is also available on Amazon.