We are raising funds to help science beat cancer

Find out why research matters

Cancer continues to affect a lot of people:

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Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer – 360,000 cases every year. ( 1 )

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1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. ( 2 )

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Around 12,000 people working in the construction and built environment sector will be diagnosed with cancer every year. ( 3 )

But there are reasons for optimism:

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Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years from 24% to 50%. This means more than 50% of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for more than 10 years.

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Mortality rates for all cancers combined are projected to fall by 15% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 280 deaths per 100,000 people by 2035.

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Around 4 in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented, largely through things like not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and staying safe in the sun.

How your donation can help

We want to help accelerate improvements in cancer survival through even better science.

Alongside our support and advice services, we want to provide funding for research to help prevent cancer in the first place (including research into how to help people live healthier lives), finding better ways to detect cancer early, and better and kinder ways to treat cancer.

Cancer Research UK have an ambition to improve cancer survival so that three out of four people can expect to survive their disease by 2034 – we want to help them to achieve that ambition.

This is going to take a lot of money – but with more than 3 million people in the Construction and Built Environment Sector, if we all give a little, we can achieve something extraordinary;

If everyone donates one hour of their earnings every year, we could raise more than £60m per year*.

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Together we hope to help transform the cancer outcome for thousands of people – every pound you give will help us get closer to achieving that aim.

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1. Statistics from Cancer research UK

2. Cancer research UK http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics-for-the-uk#heading-Three. Accessed Jan 2018

3. WBTF estimate of cancer rate in construction and built environment sector based on 3.4 million working age people , general population cancer incidence and construction sector occupational incidence.