President's Charity 2024

CANCER RESEARCH UK

CANCER RESEARCH UK

Is my chosen charity because:

Diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of forty two I became one of the lucky ones; I was successfully treated and regular surveillance now keeps me safe. Research around that time found the gene defect my family carry. It was identified by a simple blood test. My family has an inheritable gene defect- LYNCH SYNDROME -which is one of four main gene defects commonly carried. People with these defective genes are referred to as having Lynch Syndrome. Up to 70 in every 100 people (70%) with Lynch syndrome will develop bowel cancer and mostly before the age of 50. It also increases the risk of developing womb (endometrial) and ovarian cancer. People with Lynch Syndrome are more likely to develop cancer at younger ages and may get cancer more than once. I have now met so many people with a family history of bowel cancer and a cure is desperately being sought.

In the UK:

  • around 1 in 18 women and 1 in 15 men will develop bowel cancer
  • 1 in 50 women will develop ovarian cancer,
  • womb (endometrial) cancer affects 1 in 36 females

Sadly CANCER or the ‘BIG C’ is still not freely spoken about yet we all know about it. Please - Don’t be embarrassed to talk about Cancer. Your conversation might be the trigger that sends another person to get tested and another life saved.

REMEMBER - Most cancers develop because of a combination of chance and our environment, not because we have inherited a cancer gene fault. Talk to your GP if you have a strong family history of cancer. Or if you think you could have inherited any of these faulty genes.

Getting a genetic blood test is so easy. What have you got to lose?

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What does CANCER RESEARCH UK do?

For every £1.00 they receive, 81p is available to beat cancer.

  • They are the only charity fighting over 200 types of cancer. When you give to Cancer Research UK, they think carefully about where to spend the income across all cancer types. From bowel cancer to children’s cancers or simply where the need is greatest.
  • £10 a month for a year could fund a research nurse for one day to raise awareness of trials and to support and monitor patients during their treatment.
  • £25 a month for a year could buy a special machine used to spin blood samples until they separate. The scientists can then study cancerous cells to find out more about them and target their weak spots.
  • £40 a month could run Cancer Chat for a whole day – the safe online space is open to everyone affected by cancer. Cancer is unpredictable.
  • £50 a month for a year could fund a research assistant for a week, bringing us closer to the next cancer research breakthrough by helping to carry out important experiments.

Caroline