BRITAIN and the US today wage war on cancer with a new £55million transatlantic taskforce.
The brightest scientists will work together in a groundbreaking alliance.
They will pool expertise and findings to detect tumours early, when they are easier to treat.
They ultimately want to stop them from forming at all.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection: “This is the transatlantic partnership at its very best.
“Our brilliant scientists will be able to work together to develop detection technologies and implement them in our health service, so we can find cancer earlier and ultimately save people’s lives.”
The alliance is a partnership between Cancer Research UK and five top universities — three in the UK and two in the US.
Cancer Research UK will contribute up to £40million over five years, with the US universities putting in the rest.
Research will focus on new blood, urine or breath samples and scans — done at GP surgeries or even at home.
Lifestyle factors that increase the risk will also be examined.
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Cancer Research UK chief exec Michelle Mitchell said: “Real progress in early detection can’t be achieved by a single organisation.
“Benefits for patients will only be realised if early cancer detection leaders from around the world come together.”
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