Our research on breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK but, thanks to research, more than two thirds of women now survive the disease for 20 years or more. Our work underpins today’s treatments and has helped save many thousands of lives. 

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We receive no government funding for our research. Our life-saving work relies on the money you give us.

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Research helped Cara beat breast cancer

Cara McCormick, now in remission, signed up for a breast cancer clinical trial called Aphinity in 2012 to take a different combination of drugs which “wouldn’t have been available 20 years ago”.

"We're revealing the secrets of breast cancer"

Professor Alan Ashworth and his team are searching for the faulty genes that drive breast cancer, to improve treatment in the future.

Preventing breast cancer

Our researchers discovered that drugs usually used to treat breast cancer can help to prevent the disease in women at high risk.

Our strategy to beat cancer sooner

Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.Our new strategy will give us the foundations we need to tackle the challenges ahead.

More about breast cancer

Find out about symptoms, risk factors and causes of breast cancer and treatment on our Cancer Help pages.

Read the latest statistics for breast cancer.

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