Breast cancer: Fund vital research to understand the role of genetics
Last updated: 23/09/2013
Breast cancer awareness month - October 2013
Why this research is needed
More than 48,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Thanks partly to the contribution of our scientists in advancing prevention, diagnosis and treatment, more than 8 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK now survive the disease beyond five years.
But the disease still claims the lives of around 12,000 women every year - so there is still much more that we need to do.
The impact of our work
Breast cancer develops when the DNA of healthy cells is damaged. Generally, our body can repair this damage before cells become cancerous, but occasionally these repair processes don’t work.
Professor Kevin Hiom is studying how the repair process works in normal cells and how, in some cells, mistakes in this process can lead to cancer. His work could provide clues to new ways of diagnosing and treating breast cancer, and help save more lives in the future.
Supporting this project
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