Gifts in Wills are beating cancer for future generations​


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We’ve been at the heart of change, funding research into early diagnosis and helping develop better treatments for the disease. Cancer death rates have decreased by 16% in the UK since we were founded 20 years ago.

Gifts in Wills allow us to continue driving progress, making discoveries and bringing hope to those affected by cancer.

Progress made possible by our life-saving research

Thanks to funding, our work has contributed to more than 50 cancer drugs in use today. In the UK, these treat more than 125,000 people a year on the NHS – in England, that’s 3 in 4 patients who receive cancer drugs on the NHS. More than 20 appear on the World Health Organisation’s drugs list of ‘Essential Medicines,’ having an extraordinary impact for millions worldwide.  

In 2021, research we funded showed for the first time that the UK HPV vaccine programme works and will save lives. The vaccine is shown to dramatically reduce cervical cancer rates by 87% in women in their 20s who were offered it at age 12 to 13, preventing around 450 cases of cervical cancer in England since the programme launched in 2008.

Our scientists have played key roles in improving breast cancer survival, from the improvement of the breast screening programme to the development of important breast cancer drugs such as Herceptin. Now almost 8 in 10 women will survive their disease for at least 10 years – an incredible achievement that wouldn’t be possible without supporters.

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