Cancer Research UK, the University of Liverpool, NHS organisations in Merseyside and Cheshire, local cancer charities, and the City of Liverpool have committed to collaborate and establish a Cancer Research UK Centre in Liverpool for the benefit of everyone in Merseyside and Cheshire and beyond. The research Centre undertakes world leading-edge cancer research, which will in turn enhance outcomes in the UK and globally. The focus of the Centre is on understanding better how cancers start and behave, how to develop better treatments with fewer side effects and how to tackle cancer in low-income communities where survival is lowest.
The challenge of cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death rates) is universal within Liverpool, Merseyside and Cheshire; all experiencing rates that are higher than the national average.
Each year around 1,330 people die from cancer in Liverpool and we have the highest cancer death rate in England – 38% higher than national average. The most common cancers are cancer of the lung, bowel, breast and prostate and Liverpool has the highest rates of lung cancer in England. In Liverpool, 355 people die from cancer each year that would not have died if Liverpool had the same cancer death rates as the national average. Of these 355 cancer deaths, 199 are due to lung cancer - the highest mortality rate in England.
But with the development of the Cancer Research UK Centre here in Liverpool, key partners in the fight against cancer are pulling together and already making a difference.
Clinical focus areas in Liverpool include pancreatic, liver, head and neck, urological, eye and haematological cancers. Scientific focus areas include research into cell signalling, genome instability, initiation, progression and microenvironment in cancer, surgery and developing drugs for the treatment of cancer. The Centre also has a strong commitment to working with local people and organisations to tackle cancer in Merseyside and Cheshire; the Centre's Local Engagement Manager is responsible for co-ordinating our outreach activities.
The ground-breaking work undertaken by Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre will ultimately lead to faster diagnoses, better quality treatments and a more promising future for the people of Liverpool, Merseyside and Cheshire.
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