Focus on: Cancer Research UK

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Cancer Research UK, fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.  We also provide Cancer information to the public.


Thanks to our supporters our pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Cancer has helped save millions of lives.  Over the past 40 years survival has doubled, thatnks to the great progress research has made.


Our strategy to beat cancer sooner, Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our new strategy will give us the foundation we need to tackle the changes ahead.

Strategy to beat cancer – Over the past 40 years cancer survival in the UK has doubled. In the 1970’s just 1 in 4 people survived their disease for 10 years or more.  Today that number is 2 in 4.

Organisation – A number of bodies work together to ensure we make the best use of the funds we receive and continue to carry out world class research.

Ambition- our ambition is to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 patients surviving in 2034.

(Source: Cancer Research UK)


This blog post is about Cancer Research UK.  If, like me, you may have been touched by Cancer – either yourself or the taking of family and friends due to this horrendous disease, please support them and their work, link below.

There are so many different Cancers and they can affect anyone at anytime.

This charity is funding research to try and cure cancer, but whilst doing so they are also increasing survival rates.

Here is a list of Cancers that have affected my family and friends over the years.

Breast Cancer

Friend and Mum of 3 – in remission- same age as me

Paternal Grandmother (however she was nearly 90 when it was discovered) did not survive

Friend and Mum of 2 – Survived

Aunt (Paternal) – Did not survive

Friend – Did not survive

Non – Hodgkins Lymphoma ( cancer of the blood)

Father in Law – diagnosed with Parkinsons disease and then Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, just after he retired, therefore was unable to enjoy his retirement and passed around 14 years ago, from the Lymphoma.

Friend – Work Colleague of DH. Videoed our Wedding 30 years ago, was diagnosed just after he left the company at around age 20. Survived.

Lung Cancer

Friend – Her daughter was 6 when she passed.  Cancer was discovered after it had spread to her brain as a second tumour.  The pressure from the Brain Tumour is what sent her to hospital as an emergency after a suspected stroke. Her daughter Graduated from University with a degree in Geography.

Friend – spread to bones 6 weeks from diagnosis to death.  I saw him the week before he was diagnosed and said he was trying to find out what was wrong with his hip.  He was very active and involved in the community, left a lot of people bereft.  Left a wife and 2 grown up children.

By my calculation that is 9 people in my life who have been affected by this disease, only 3 of those have survived.  This is why this charity is so vital to try and improve the outcome of this disease.  It would be good if 3 was the number that didn’t survive out of 9, rather than those that did.

In an ideal world everyone should be able to survive this disease, unfortunately we don’t live in an ideal world.

Ladies and Gents when those letters that you would really rather not bother with, please do bother with them, yes it’s uncomfortable and at times embarrassing, but a few minutes of that is better than the alternative.

Take Care xx

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