Our campaigning successes

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Campaigning is one of the ways Cancer Research UK is fighting cancer. Defeating cancer is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery.

From smokefree workplaces to improved cancer screening programmes we campaign on a wide range of cancer related issues.

Read some of our key past campaigns. 

Test Cancer Sooner

Following our successful campaign, Government committeed up to £300m a year, each year up to 2020 to speed up cancer diagnosis. The money will be spent on addressing staff shortages and investing more in cancer tests. 

Cross Cancer Out

Ahead of the General Election 2015, we campaigned to Cross Cancer Out - and a third of the MP's elected to Parliament got behind our campaign / early diagnosis and access to treatment.

Setting the Standard

In March 2015, MPs voted in favour of plain, standard cigarette packs, which will help prevent young people from taking up smoking and ultimately save lives. Standard packs arrive on shelves from Friday 20 May.

A Voice for Radiotherapy

Our radiotherapy campaign prompted £23 million of Government support for radiotherapy centres in England.

Commit to Beat Cancer

This campaign secured a £25 million investment for diagnostic tests to help GPs spot cancer earlier.


Following our successful campaigning, laws were introduced in the UK restricting access to sunbeds to over 18’s, protecting children from sunbed damage.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

This campaign helped remove tobacco vending machines and cover up tobacco at till points.

Screening Matters

This campaign secured a Government commitment to screen three million more people over a five year period, for both breast and bowel screening.

Smokefree Workplaces

Our campaign successfully resulted in a smoking ban in workplaces and enclosed public places in the UK, from July 2007.

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