The unit will investigate the very earliest stages of breast cancer development to identify new ways to detect breast cancers and new targets for preventing a disease that affects 44, women and men in the UK each year. Defects in the way that cells interact and communicate with each other and with their surroundings are some of the first steps of cancer development. By studying these, the scientists' work could ultimately lead to more accurate and earlier diagnosis of the disease and methods to prevent its occurrence. The Unit will draw on the enormous strengths in basic and clinical research which exist here and our work will focus on ways to diagnose breast cancer earlier and prevent the disease from occurring.
In , the Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre opened its doors to some of the brightest minds in research, with the sole aim of tackling breast cancer and stopping women dying from the disease. Now 20 years on, the Centre, housed in the Mary-Jean Mitchell-Green Building at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, continues to make great progress into advancing our understanding of the causes of breast cancer and developing essential new treatments. We take a look back over its incredible history and the role the Centre has played in shaping the breast cancer research landscape of today. Her husband Bill Freedman and their family refused to accept that her story should end there. Instead, he turned her loss into something remarkable.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer to open £5m research unit in Manchester
Breakthrough Breast Cancer was a United Kingdom charity whose mission was to "save lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer". Breakthrough Breast Cancer was envisioned by Bill Freedman and his children. Freedman's wife, actress Toby Robins — , died from breast cancer in