Our vision is that every single person in every community in and around Yorkshire has the very best chance of living a long and healthy life with, without and beyond cancer.
565 people are diagnosed with cancer every week in Yorkshire, and people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, than most other counties in England.
We work in partnership with researchers, scientists and clinicians, the NHS, Public Health bodies and other charities to make life-changing improvements to cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. Our goal is to ensure that by 2025, at least 2,000 more people in the region survive cancer every year.
But we can only do this with your help.
Watch our video below to find out more about cancer in Yorkshire and how you can help save lives.
Cancer in Yorkshire
Cancer is a common condition; more than one in three people will develop the disease at some point in their lifetime. In 2010, over 320,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK, and over 37,000 of these were in Yorkshire, with the most common being breast, lung, prostate and bowel.
The rate of cancer incidence (how many people get cancer) in Yorkshire is the third highest in the UK, and similarly the mortality rate (how many people die) is also higher here than in the rest of the country. This means people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it. This regional difference is exactly what we are working to eliminate.
The most common type of cancer in Yorkshire is lung cancer, with around 4,500 people diagnosed with the disease every year. 15 of 21 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Yorkshire had incidence rates higher than the national average in 2013. Hull CCG had particularly high incidence rates (137 cases per 100,000 people) compared to the England average (83.3 cases per 100,000 people). Other areas with high incidence rates include Leeds South and East CCG, Leeds West CCG and South Tees CCG.
One of the other major concerns for Yorkshire is related to early diagnosis of cancer and low screening uptake rates in certain areas of county. Bradford City CCG has particularly low screening uptake rates with bowel screening uptake rates being the lowest in England.
What We Do
We fund research in the county to help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. All our research projects are assessed by our trustees to ensure they fit our strategic plan to help the people of Yorkshire, they are then assessed by independent scientific experts to ensure the science is of the highest quality before being approved by our board of trustees. We fund research at the universities and teaching hospitals on a wide range of projects across Yorkshire. Some of the projects we are currently funding include:
- An investigation into why patients fail to attend urgent appointments for suspected cancer
- How removing a protein slows blood vessel growth in tumours
- An innovative electronic programme to improve the way cancer patients report their symptoms and experiences
- A survey of all patients diagnosed with bladder cancer in Yorkshire and a clinical trial to discover the best way to treat aggressice bowel cancer found at an early stage
- Developing tools to help female cancer patients make more informed decisions about their future fertility
In addition to the research we fund we also invest in developing talent. We fund PhD students to support them taking the first step on the road to a research career and also researchers early in their career, providing funds to projects that establish them as independent researchers. This approach ensures we have a strong community of expert cancer researchers in Yorkshire, which we bring together each year at our Annual Research Meeting to discuss and share the latest developments.
How you can help
From running a marathon to volunteering in store or at an event there are wide variety of ways for you to be part of the team and help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. Join Team Yorkshire and be part of something special. We have an extensive list of ways for you to get involved listed on our Team Yorkshire page and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.