120 years of life-saving discoveries
Our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research since 1902.
Thanks to you, we’ve come so far. And we will go much further.
Together, we will beat cancer.
Over a century of life-saving research
Cancer Research UK was formed 20 years ago, in 2002. However, our history goes back much further, to 1902, with the founding of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. We're the only charity to fund research into all 200 types of cancer. Find out more about the research we're doing now, and how our research has saved or improved the lives of cancer patients.