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Cancer Research UK will increase its research spending by 50% over the next five to 10 years

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3012
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Cancer Research UK expects to increase the amount it spends on research by over 50% in the next five to 10 years, and it has outlined a series of “bold” new research streams to which it will direct the new funds.

The charity currently spends around £350m (€425m; $588m) a year on cancer research and is seeking to increase that investment by £50m a year. Of this, it will invest at least £20m a year in attempting to improve early diagnosis of cancer. This will include fundamental research to better understand the early stages of cancer and the development of tests to detect different forms of the disease earlier. Funding will at least double for research into four types of cancer—of the lung, pancreas, oesophagus, and brain—in which there has been little progress in improving survival rates. …

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