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A century of progress

Old-fashioned scientistsCancer Research UK was formed in 2002, following the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, first established back in 1902.

We are now the biggest single independent funder of cancer research in Europe, supporting the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK. You can find out more about our current research in our Research Highlights pages.

Scroll and click on our interactive timeline

More people are beating cancer than ever before thanks to our work and your support. Explore our interactive timeline to discover highlights of what we’ve achieved together over the past decade since Cancer Research UK was formed. Just use the arrows or drag the bottom bar to scroll left and right, use the vertical bar to zoom in and out, and click on an individual achievement to find out more. You can also view a text-only version here

Donate now to support our next ten years of progress. 

You can also find out more about our progress and impact, explore our groundbreaking research, or read more about our life-saving work in our annual publications and on our Science Update blog.

Timeline key:

Dark blue triangle (Dark blue) - Milestones                        Magenta triangle (Magenta) - Trials and treatments        

Light blue triangle (Light blue) - Lab research                    Green triangle (Green) - Prevention and screening

Triangle purple (Purple) - Public policy

Timeline powered by Timeglider.


Our achievements by decade

Find out more about some of our most important successes over the years and the progress we're making in beating cancer.

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Updated: 16 February 2010