The title sponsor of The Mini Mile Races is Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People. Find out more about the work they’re doing to help beat children’s cancers sooner.
Every day around 12 children and young people (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Despite improvements in survival, cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among this group in the UK.
Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People is a campaign that raises money for research into new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer.
You can do your bit to help beat children’s cancers sooner when you take part in the Brighton Mini Mile by fundraising for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People.
HELP BEAT CHILDREN’S CANCERS SOONER
All of the money raised through Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People will be used to fund research into cancers affecting children and young people (aged 0-24).
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT?
- Children (aged 0-14) with cancer in the UK are benefiting from research carried out by Cancer Research UK. Their research has helped transform survival for children’s cancers, which has more than doubled in the last 40 years in Great Britain.
- There’s also been an improvement in survival for young people (aged 15-24) diagnosed with cancer, and today, more than 8 in 10 will survive their disease for 5 years or more.
- But while survival is improving, more needs to be done. We know that for some children and young people with cancer, treatment can result in side effects that seriously affect their health and quality of life in the future.
- And every year, around 530 children and young people in the UK die from cancer.
- That’s why we still need more research – not only to better understand the disease and to help more children and young people survive cancer, but to make sure they do so with a good quality of life.
WHAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE SO FAR?
- Thanks to the work of Cancer Research UK, survival has dramatically improved for children with a type of liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. This research has also made treatments kinder, with fewer side effects.
- The work of Cancer Research UK scientists has improved the way children in the UK are treated for Wilms’ tumour (a type of kidney cancer), and reduced side effects.
- Cancer Research UK doctors led an important clinical trial testing a treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia that had come back. Thanks to this trial, hundreds more children with this disease can now expect to survive.