COVID-19 and cancer

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting cancer services and answers to other key questions.

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Exercise during lockdown

Our study shows that physical activity among adults in Yorkshire has fallen by a quarter since the lockdown came into effect.

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Our online shop

Our high street shops are currently closed, but you can still find a bargain in our eBay store and help save lives in Yorkshire. 

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Leave a legacy for Yorkshire

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and enduring ways you can help the people of Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer. Create your Will for free with Yorkshire Cancer Research. 

Gifts in Wills

Yorkshire’s independent cancer charity

A Yorkshire charity for Yorkshire folk

Every single person in every community in and around Yorkshire should have the very best chance of living a long and healthy life with, without and beyond cancer.

1 in 2

will get cancer
in their lifetime

Avoid and survive cancer

What we're doing

Since 2015 we’ve been working towards our goal of 2,000 fewer people dying of cancer, every year in Yorkshire. We’re working in local communities, raising awareness of cancer symptoms, making sure people attend their screenings and investing in leading-edge cancer research.

the impact
of cancer

for 95 years

The results so far...

Our latest community health project has provided over 2,000 people with information and knowledge needed to live a healthier life, attend vital screenings and lower the overall risk of cancer. The breast cancer drug Tamoxifen and the ovarian and breast cancer drug Lynparza - developed with the help of our funding - have improved and extended the lives of millions of women around the world. 

Working in communities,

raising awareness
and investing in research

Worst mortality outcomes
Worse than average
Better than average
Best outcomes
Map is based on cancer deaths under the age of 75

Each week in Yorkshire

594 people

are told they have cancer.

Every week

270 Yorkshire Families

lose a loved one to cancer. That’s 14,000 people each year – more than the Leeds First Direct Arena can hold.

Survival rates for cancer are improving. This means more than

191,500 people

in Yorkshire are living with or have had cancer.

Cancer is related to many things such as our genes and age. But it’s also affected by

Lifestyle factors

which we can change.

Sometimes many members of the same family carry a faulty gene which means they can be at higher risk of certain types of cancer.

Yorkshire has a very diverse population. Some types of cancer are more common and survival rates lower, in disadvantaged communities.

4 in 10 cancers could be prevented by living a

Healthy lifestyle

Smoking is the main lifestyle related risk factor causing 2 in 10 cancers. Yorkshire has the highest smoking rate in England.

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