Latest statistics show that one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in our lifetimes.
Cancer is most prevalent in the over 60s, and as we are an ageing population, we can expect an even greater number of people to be diagnosed in the future.
Why is cancer research so important?
Local cutting-edge research
One of our aims is to support world-class, cutting-edge research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer. Many cancers previously thought to be incurable are now being treated successfully as a result of important work in this field.
Research will benefit future generations but it can also help cancer patients here and now. We fund translational cancer research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) in Queen’s University Belfast. This applies findings from the laboratory directly into a working clinic environment – finding practical applications of the research undertaken. We also fund psychosocial studies that looks at patients’ experience of the cancer journey and how it can be improved.