How our research saves lives

Better ways to diagnose cancer

Survival rates for cancer have improved greatly in the last 40 years. One reason for this has been advances in the speed and accuracy that we can now diagnose cancer. The earlier cancer is diagnosed the better a person's chances are of surviving the diagnosis. The more accurate the diagnosis the better equipped we are to make sure every patient receives the best possible treatment. Here we have selected some of the discoveries you have helped make, which have led to new ways to diagnose cancer faster and with greater accuracy.

Helping to diagnose rare genetic diseases

In 2004, Professor Kevin Hiom started a project funded by Worldwide Cancer Research to understand more about a fundamental process that keeps us healthy – DNA repair. Through this research, Professor Hiom discovered a new gene, which was involved in the development of a rare genetic disease called Fanconi anemia. This gene is now used to help with an accurate diagnosis of Fanconi amenia - a disease that is linked to a number of developmental disabilities, as well as an increased likelihood of developing cancer.

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