Spend on policy and information

In 2015/16 we spent £38 million on our vital policy and information work to develop evidence-based health information and bring about national and local change.

We provide high quality information and support for people affected by cancer. And because more than 4 in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented – largely through lifestyle changes – we are committed to providing evidence-based information and advice to raise awareness of the risk factors for cancer and support people in making positive lifestyle changes.

Another of our key priorities is to help people get an early cancer diagnosis, increasing the chance of successful treatment.

Our Cancer Awareness Roadshow, information and public facing campaigns help achieve this by boosting awareness of cancer screening, signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to visit the doctor if they notice changes to their body which aren’t normal for them.

Working with health professionals and health services is another vital part of this work, and includes providing on-the-ground support for practice improvement, as well as evidence-based information, education and online toolkits.

We also develop evidence-based policy and work with key decision makers to inform Government actions related to cancer prevention and treatment, and to improve NHS cancer care. And our campaigns are vital to keep topics like tobacco control high in the Governments priorities.