Skin Cancer Appeal
Help us find a cure for skin cancer
Why set up a fund for skin cancer research?
The annual appeal was set up a few years ago in response to the fact that it was clear skin cancer in the UK was an ongoing and growing issue with 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The aim is simple – to raise as much money as possible to fund skin cancer research into finding better treatments, and possibly even a cure for the devastating disease. As yet there is no cure, so the only way we’ll find one is by developing a better understanding of the disease through research.
Over the course of the next year, we’re hoping to smash our £250,000 fundraising target so that more essential research can take place. In the last three years alone the BSF has awarded funds close to £700,000 purely for skin cancer research, but without your help, this won’t be possible in the future. To donate to the Skin Cancer Appeal, click here.
What have we done recently?
The most recent project we have funded is taking place at the University of London and focuses on a treatment for the second most common form of skin cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma (or SCC for short). SCC affects about 25,000 people every year in the UK, and most patients are treated effectively by surgically removing the cancerous tumour. However, around 5% of SCC patients have an aggressive cancer which spreads to local lymph glands, and can be potentially life-threatening.
The research team at the university has found a particular enzyme that divides faster than usual by invading skin cancer cells. The first stage of research will involve finding out how much cell division takes place, and the second stage will look at using this invasion of skin cancer cells as a potential means of slowing down the rate at which cancerous cells spread. This research project is currently midway through, so keep your eyes peeled for the results and what this could mean for cancer treatments in the near future.
Your donation will help fund vital research into a number of skin cancer projects. Find out what else we have been funding, both in skin cancer and other skin diseases, here.