The use of animals in cancer research

A great deal of cancer research is carried out without involving animals. In certain areas, however, animal research remains essential if we are to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Cancer Research UK only carries out research involving animals when there is no alternative.

Cancer patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that all our research is vital if we are to save the lives of more patients in the future.

Cancer Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and endorses the AMRC's position on the use of animals in medical research. We are a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research which sets out how organisations report the use of animals in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.

We've blogged about our approach to animal research - you can read more here: Animal research is helping us beat cancer [June 2011]

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Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on supporting research.

Call our policy team for more information.

020 3469 8360 

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