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About Cancer Research UK


The UK's leading funder of cancer research

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to beating cancer through research.

What we do

We support research into many aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,800 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

Our vision – together we will beat cancer – is only achievable thanks to people like you supporting our work by using Shop to beat cancer.

We have set ourselves ten ambitious goals to support our vision and work to achieve these goals by:

  • Carrying out world-class research to improve our understanding of cancer and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer.
  • Ensuring that our findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients.
  • Helping people to understand cancer, the progress we are making and the choices each person can make.
  • Working in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer.

Our work is entirely funded by the public so the money raised from Shop to beat cancer can help us achieve our goals and give hope to people affected by cancer both now and in the future.

Learn more about our research across the country.

Find out more about Cancer Research UK

If you have been affected by cancer, you can find more detailed information about cancer, its treatment and clinical trials on our patient information site, CancerHelp UK.

You can also share your cancer experience in our discussion forum, Cancer Chat or visit our News and Resources website for more information about our research.