Yorkshire Cancer Research are giving more than 10,000 people the opportunity to take part in world-leading research after receiving £7.3 million in funding.

Five pioneering studies and clinical trials will be brought to people living in Yorkshire as part of the charity’s aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Working in partnership with community groups and people from the Muslim community, including Leaders and Imams, the team will develop new information and resources that will be shared with thousands of Muslim families.

Each week in Yorkshire almost 600 people are diagnosed with cancer and, when compared to England as a whole, Yorkshire has higher rates of cancer and cancer deaths.

Yorkshire is also home to some of the most deprived areas in the country, where fewer cancers are diagnosed early and more people die from the disease.

An estimated 200 lives will be saved during the process of conducting the research.

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

“Yorkshire is one of the regions hardest hit by cancer, and that’s why it’s so important that people living here are able to take part in pioneering and innovative studies.

“With cancer screening, GP appointments, diagnostic tests and treatment significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have a huge task on our hands.

“These trials will save lives.”

The following research has received funding:

  • Thousands of women living in Yorkshire will be offered tests to find out if they are at high risk of cancer as part of a new clinical trial. This £3.1 million trial, led by Professor Ranjit Manchanda at Queen Mary University of London, will investigate the risks, benefits and feasibility of introducing testing for all women.
  • A different way of treating people with prostate cancer will be investigated by researchers at the University of Leeds. Led by Dr Ann Henry, a £1.1 million trial will explore how radiotherapy can be made more effective for men whose cancer has come back following an initial course of treatment intended to cure it.
  • A new £1.1 million clinical trial will test the benefits of personalised, home-based exercise programmes for people with lung, breast or bowel cancer.
  • Evidence suggests that exercise after cancer treatment can reduce the risk of dying from bowel or breast cancer by as much as 40% compared to those who are inactive. The study, led by Dr Cynthia Forbes at Hull York Medical School, the University of Hull, will involve 660 people in Yorkshire, who will receive support from specially trained exercise professionals.
  • Women aged 65-79 who are no longer automatically invited for cervical screening will be offered an at-home urine test in a new study led by Ms Clare Gilham and Professor Julian Peto at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It is anticipated that more than 5000 women in Hull will be invited to participate in this £1.5 million research study, which aims to discover if at-home tests are an effective way to reduce cancer in this older age group.
  • Led by Dr Melanie Cooper and Professor Marcus Rattray at the University of Bradford, a £441,000 study will explore new ways to encourage women in the South Asian community to take part in screening.

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