Our role in beating cancer globally

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Our global impact

Cancer Research UK funds research in 39 countries.  We've helped to

  • Develop 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs
  • Prove the link between tobacco and cancer
  • Prove the value of screening and early detection

Together we will beat Cancer.


Our international work

Cancer Research UK’s mission is to see the day when all cancers are cured.

Investing an average of $500 million per year, we're the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research. Cancer is a global issue and it’s on the rise, with 18.1 million new cases diagnosed in 2018 worldwide and 29.5 million new cases projected for 2040 (IARC Globocan, 2018). We believe that only by working together with partners globally will we achieve our mission.

To make faster progress against cancer outcomes and reach our ambition of improving cancer outcomes for all, we'll focus our efforts on

  • Supporting world-class cancer research that brings the best minds together to tackle cancer’s biggest challenges
  • Working with researchers, governments and other stakeholders to take on the most important global cancer issues
  • Partnering with and learning from other organisations around the world who share our mission of beating cancer sooner including other cancer societies, research funders, governments and corporates


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It’s really exciting that Cancer Research UK is funding an international initiative researching into affordable approaches to cancer. This has the potential to improve outcomes for patients, not just in the UK but around the world

– Neil Ranasinghe, Patient Representative
Affordable Approaches to Cancer initiative

About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

  • Funds research in 39 countries across 6 continents
  • Works to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer
  • Develops cancer drugs and treatments used globally
  • Provides evidence-based and independent information on cancer to people affected by cancer, the wider public and policy makers
  • Fundraises and organises successful campaigns

All of this is possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Contact us

Do you want to know more about our international engagement?  Are you interested in collaborating with us?