Cancer Research UK

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An exterior view of Cancer Research UK's offices in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London; the charity also has an office near Regents Park.

Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness-promotion group in the United Kingdom, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of the Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. It is the foremost cancer charity (charity number 1089464) in the United Kingdom, and the biggest cancer research organisation outside the USA. It is accredited by the UK's National Health Service as a health information provider.

In the financial year 2005-6, the charity spent £251 million on cancer research, supporting the work of more than 3,000 researchers, physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. The vast majority of its funds come from private and corporate donations. It also conducts fundraising events[1] including the women-only Race for Life 5k series, has a network of volunteers, and operates over 600 "high street" charity shops, which stock both new and donated items.[2]] In recent years a number of Relay For Life events have been held in the UK (the idea having been imported from the American Cancer Society); their numbers, and the amount of money they bring in, are increasing year on year. The charity has recently moved into the area of public campaigning, lobbying the Government on issues such as smokefree workplaces legislation and long-term strategies for cancer services.

Cancer Research UK is supported by a number of celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Kara Tointon, Nell McAndrew, Kirstie Allsopp, All Saints, Mica Paris, Gloria Hunniford, Lemar, Cilla Black and Cate Blanchett.

Cancer Research UK supports and undertakes cancer research in hospitals, universities and medical schools throughout the United Kingdom, and disseminates information to the general public and the scientific community through its various websites, as well as its twice-monthly scientific publication, the British Journal of Cancer. It also makes information about current clinical trials accessible via its website; as at January 2006, there were 211 such trials open to UK cancer patients.[3]

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