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About World Cancer Day

On 4 February, World Cancer Day, the entire nation united to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.

Every Unity Band worn, every pound donated and every gesture of support has played an important part in beating cancer sooner.

The funds raised from incredible people like you, will support over 4000 scientists, doctors and nurses and accelerate progress in the fight against over 200 cancer types.

It’s never too late to get involved. Wear your Unity Band or donate right now.

Let’s beat cancer sooner. 

About Cancer Research UK

We are the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to discovering news ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

We are the only charity fighting over 200 cancer types and receive no government funding for our life saving research.

For every £1 donated, 80p is used to beat cancer.  The remaining 20p goes towards raising funds for the future.

One day we will beat cancer. Together, we can make that day come sooner.

Why we united

Cancer is the biggest killer worldwide. With your support, our researchers have helped double survival rates in the last 40 years.

With just £17, you can fund one hour of life saving research. Because of research, 450 people survive cancer every day and we simply couldn’t do it without supporters like you.

5,000 Unity Bands

Travel Scholarship

Funds a travel scholarship to allow our scientists to collaborate with the best researchers in the world ​

*Unity Bands based on average donation of £2

17,500 Unity Bands

Research Bursary

Covers the cost of a research bursary for up to 2 years, supporting a doctor to carry out their pioneering work in the lab.

Over 1 million Unity Bands

Clinical Trials Units

Runs the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit for 1 year

Emma's story

"As a researcher, I see the difference your support makes every day. But my 'thank you' is personal too.

15 years ago I was told I had oral cancer. I had surgery to remove a third of my tongue, and as the cancer had been detected early, the outlook was good. I couldn’t have imagined that over the next ten years I would be diagnosed another three times with cancer!

After many long operations, several years of treatment and even having to learn how to talk again… I am hopeful I’ve beaten it. I feel lucky to be alive and I’d like to say thank you to everyone who supports Cancer Research UK on World Cancer Day. You make research happen."

Emma Shanks, 39, studies cancer at our Beatson Institute in Glasgow

Working together

This World Cancer Day, Cancer Research UK worked with nine other charities to unite everyone in a simple but powerful life changing act – wearing a Unity Band®. By joining forces, we were able to make a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.

Anthony NolanBowel Cancer UKBreast Cancer CareBreast Cancer NowChildren's Cancer and Leukaemia GroupClic SargentMarie CurieMovember FoundationRoyal Marsden

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