Does Donating to Cancer Research Help?

Donating to cancer research is an essential way to help ensure scientists have the tools they need to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat all types of cancer. Currently, cancer impacts 1 in 3 Australians personally, with the remaining 2 being closely impacted by a diagnosis. You can get more information and facts about cancer here.

What is cancer research? 

Cancer research is based around finding safe ways to prevent, detect and treat the collection of diseases that we refer to as cancer. 

Areas of cancer research include:

  • Prevention – actions taken to reduce and lower the risks associated with getting cancer. Includes research into environmental, lifestyle, medicines and substances, and vaccines that can have both a positive and negative impact on your likelihood of developing cancer.
  • Detection – improving the modes and methods for discovery of different cancer types. This is focused on the detection of cancer cells at the earliest possible point, which is when the disease is easiest to treat.
  • Treatment  – developing new and improving existing cancer treatment methods (across all types of therapies), with a focus on higher efficacy and reduction of side-effects or negative impacts.
  • Survivorship  – cancer survivorship looks at the overall health and wellbeing of people living with and beyond cancer. Survivorship research covers factors from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and life beyond treatment. This could include management of chronic illness, end-of-life care, and follow-up care.

How does donating to cancer research help 

By donating to cancer research, you ensure scientists have the tools they need to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Donations are extremely essential to help stop lives being taken by this disease. 

At ACRF, our mission is to reach a world without cancer. We fund research into all types of cancer, all across Australia. 

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The importance of cancer research 

Cancer research is extremely important, as it is essential in helping find ways to manage this disease so that it cannot take more lives.

Our grants are awarded only to grand breaking cancer research initiatives, and have led to some amazing discoveries. 

  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine: ACRF supporters enabled the seed funding for Professor Ian Frazer’s development of a cervical cancer vaccine. Thanks to a national immunisation program, Australia is set to be the first country to effectively eliminate the disease.
  • The Pill That Melts Cancer: ACRF supporters enabled landmark research resulting in the discovery of the potent anti-cancer drug, Venetoclax. It continues to bring hope to people with cancer.
  • Personalised Cancer Treatment: ACRF supporters enabled an ambitious project that aims to provide each cancer patient a personalized treatment plan within 36 hours of diagnosis.
  • Zero Childhood Cancer: Thanks to ACRF supporters, we became one of the founding partners of an initiative to tackle the most difficult cases of infant, childhood and adolescent cancer in Australia. Clinical trials are currently underway nationally and results are looking positive.

How to donate to cancer research with ACRF

Donating to ACRF is easy and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. 

One of the most powerful ways to donate to cancer research is by becoming an ACRF Luminary – our special community who help make long-term impacts for people diagnosed with cancer by donating monthly.

You can also donate in memory of loved ones who have been impacted by cancer research to celebrate their lives, or donate in celebration of a special occasion – like a birthday, wedding or occasion.