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120 years of life-saving discoveries

Our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research since 1902.

Thanks to you, we’ve come so far. And we will go much further.

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Over a century of life-saving research

Cancer Research UK was formed 20 years ago, in 2002. However, our history goes back much further, to 1902, with the founding of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

Over the past 120 years, we’ve brought together local Universities, NHS trusts and charities to create world-leading hubs of research in cities across the UK. Our research network allows the smartest minds to work together, locally, to ensure discoveries are turned into benefits for people with cancer everywhere, sooner. Find out more about our research in the following locations:

This list covers highlights of our research – if an area is not listed here, it doesn't mean we’re not funding research there. You can read more about what some of our researchers are studying here.