Here in BA, before Christmas, we asked everyone what charity needs our help and their answer was Cancer Research. So, we decided to name them our charity of the year and here is why…
Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and are able to invade other tissues. They can spread to other parts of the body through blood and lymph systems. Our bodies are made up of over one hundred million billion cells and cancer can be caused by a chance in just one of these cells or a small group of them.
Enough of the scary stuff lets look at how survival rates have greatly improved. 78% of breast cancer patients are now predicted to survive for at least 10 years, bowel patients 57%, lung 5% and all other cancers 50%. Looking back to 15 years ago this statistic was 71% and back 45 years the survival rate was only 40%.
They use your generous donations to fund their scientists in finding their cure for cancer and are currently fundraising for a £100million for the largest biomedical research unit in Europe, which will be in London. They state on their website that “thanks to donations, we can help to prevent and treat cancer”
Cancer research are starting to carry out some new research, such as the effect of diet, weight gain or loss and exercise on breast cancer, to see what effect this has on people with cancer and those who could be diagnosed with it.
If any of you are holding charity events for Cancer Research, take plenty of photos, as we would LOVE to see them. Who knows, they might even make it into our next Gazzetta!