Our role in beating cancer globally

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Our global impact

Cancer Research UK funds research in 39 countries.

  • We have helped develop 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs
  • We have proven the link between tobacco and cancer
  • We have shown the value of screening and early detection

​​​​​​​Together, we will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured


Our global work

We’re the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research, investing over $400 million each year across prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

We do this because cancer is a global issue. The burden worldwide is on the rise, with 19.3 million new cases diagnosed in 2020 globally and 29.5 million new cases projected for 2040. We believe that by collaborating with global partners, we will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Our work to reduce global cancer burden with our partners includes:

  • Working with civil societies and research institutes around the world to grow a policy evidence base which can be used to call for regional, national or local change that will prevent cancer incidence in low- and middle- income countries
  • Supporting world-class cancer research that brings together the best minds from around the globe to tackle cancer’s biggest challenges
  • Partnering with and learning from organisations and government agencies within Europe who share our mission of beating cancer sooner
  • Collaborating across multiple disciplines and continents to research and improve differences in outcomes for people with cancer
Sangita Shakya

CRUK support for a combination of a local think tank and a specialist international partner is having real impact. Achieving policy change in Nepal isn't easy, but through locally tailored research and advocacy this year my organisation, NDRI, helped achieve a 25% increase in excise tax on cigarettes. With CRUK's support, NDRI has become a leading local voice in tackling the tobacco pandemic in Nepal.

Sangita Shakya, Nepal Development Research Institute
Programme Manager of the International Tobacco Control Programme

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