Against Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK claiming the lives of almost 1000 women every month. We fund lifesaving research into secondary spread, the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.

From humble beginnings, nurse Pat Leathem and her pathologist husband Anthony founded Against Breast Cancer in 1993 from their home in Clifton Hampden. Determined to improve rates of survival from secondary spread, the pair embarked on a mission to improve detection, treatment and increase survival rates for patients after breast cancer diagnosis.

Today we continue this goal, funding challenging, long term projects through our research teams based at several of the UK’s leading academic institutions. Our research addresses three key areas;

Prevention – how diet and lifestyle may increase or reduce the risk of secondary breast cancer developing to provide sound, evidence-based advice relevant to a UK population.

Detection – how to design better tools for earlier diagnosis of secondary breast cancer to increase survival rates

Therapies – how the body’s natural defences could be harnessed to design more effective treatments and ultimately a vaccine against breast cancer.

The sponsorship you will raise by taking part in the Breast Walk Ever will go towards us continuning this life-changing research, benefiting the lives of thousands of women and men in the future. You can find out more about this pioneering research on our website:

Our Research

“I’ll never forget it, just how rewarding it would be and it still amazes me to this day at how many kind people there are willing to help.”

Pat LeathemCo-founder Against Breast Cancer