Two thirds of cancer research in Yorkshire and the Humber is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, according to new figures published by the National Institute for Health Research.
During 2019/20, the charity funded 65% of all recruitment to clinical trials for cancer in the region.
The trials created 9000 opportunities for people to take part in groundbreaking research, including an investigation into the feasibility of introducing a screening programme for lung cancer and a study of people living with and after bladder cancer.
Yorkshire and the Humber ranked second out of 15 local Clinical Research Networks in England for the number of people taking part in clinical trials.
The new figures come as organisations across the world celebrate International Clinical Trials Day, which takes place every year on 20 May.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We aim to bring more clinical trials to Yorkshire so that people in our region can be among the first to receive access to pioneering treatments and innovative ways to diagnose cancer.
“These new figures show that the work we fund is making a real impact. Yorkshire is at the forefront of cancer research and we are incredibly grateful to those affected by cancer for taking part in these studies and to the charity’s supporters for making this possible.”
The report lists the Leeds Lung Health Check, a pioneering lung screening programme funded by the charity, as the third largest cancer clinical trial in England.
In February, the trial had screened more than 4000 people for signs of lung cancer, and more than 80 cancers had been diagnosed with the majority found at an early stage.
The multi-million pound programme, delivered in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, aims to test screening in community settings and provide information to improve the effectiveness and benefit of future lung screening programmes.
Dr Scott added: “Yorkshire Cancer Research is committed to involving as many patients as possible in its research. Participation by members of the public provides valuable knowledge to help improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in our region and beyond.”
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