Every day 150 women and one man receive a breast cancer diagnosis in the UK.
Against Breast Cancer was founded by Dr Anthony Leathem and his wife Pat in 1993. Working as a pathologist at University College in London Tony, found himself carrying out too many postmortems on young women. Frustrated, he changed the direction of his work from Pathology to Research. So, Tony and Pat started the charity and undertook all of the necessary fundraising that would be essential for his research into secondary breast cancer, the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.
Leap forward 25 years and our research has developed considerably. At the University of Southampton our research team led by Professor Max Crispin is focused on earlier detection by developing new treatments into secondary breast cancer. They have developed new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of cancer based on refocusing of the immune system to destroy cancerous cells. This will enable cancer-destroying drugs to be delivered specifically to the secondary tumours before they grow and symptoms are experienced, without damaging the healthy surrounding tissue.
At Oxford University we have established a Fellowship Programme to support and develop young scientists who perform innovative research into increasing survival rates after breast cancer (Professor Crispin was the first such recipient of this award).