What we do
Our main purpose is simple: to save lives by preventing, controlling and curing cancer. We do this through our world-class research into over 200 types of cancer, all of which is entirely funded by our supporters.
- We fund over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK who are working tirelessly to find new and better ways to beat cancer.
- We don't just do research – every year we help millions of people by providing information for patients, health professionals and the public.
- We push hard for positive changes in public policy and legislation, helping to keep cancer at the top of the health agenda and bring benefit to cancer patients.
- We tell the world what’s going on through a wide range of publications – from simple leaflets on prevention and detection to our Annual Review.
Each area of our work is making a real difference. As a direct result of your support and our research, more people are beating cancer than ever before – survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Find out more about our progress in beating cancer over the years, be inspired by our groundbreaking research, or hear about the latest developments on our News pages and Science Update blog.
We know we've got a lot of work still to do – and how much we can do depends entirely on how much our supporters raise. Find out how our fundraising works and how you can help by supporting us. Sooner or later we will cure all cancers. Let's make it sooner.