Cambridge Biomedical Campus Cancer Week

There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, a figure which is predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Given the size of our population these seem huge figures but there is hope.

The number of people living with cancer in the UK in 2015 has increased by almost half a million in the last five years. People now live nearly ten times longer after their cancer diagnosis compared to 40 years ago with half of the people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales in 2010-2011 now predicted to survive their disease for at least ten years.

To put that into some sort of context, in the early 1970’s the median survival time after diagnosis was one year.

The progress which we are making in the fight against cancer is down to the research, innovations in treatment and the care which patients receive.

This week we would like to highlight the work which is taking place on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to tackle cancer in its various forms. The Campus is home to many different organisations such as Cambridge University Hospitals, the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and it is soon to welcome Papworth Hospital and AstraZeneca. They all employ people who are driven to help tackle cancer and help those who have been diagnosed with the disease.

So under the hashtag #CBCcancerweek, we will be highlighting the people, the science and the dedication which is changing lives and helping people to not just survive but beat cancer.

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