This is a list of breast cancer charities in the UK that offer help and support and carry out research into breast cancer. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic many charities have had to change the way they provide services, for example running online sessions or on the telephone instead of face-to-face. We have provided links to their websites so you can check out the help and information that is available and how you can support them.
There are other charities who do work in relation to many different types of cancer, including breast cancer such as, Macmillan, Maggie’s, Marie Curie, Shine, Trekstock, Stand Up 2 Cancer, local support centres, and local hospices .
Against Breast Cancer funds ground-breaking cancer research to improve detection, treatment and increase survival after a breast cancer diagnosis. From its website: “The focus of our research is preventing secondary spread the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.”
It focuses its research in three areas: prevention, detection and therapies.
In April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to form one charity. Breast Cancer Now carries out research into breast cancer and provides support for those going through treatment and also campaigns for access to drugs and better care for patients.
It provides a free helpline and its website has information on breast cancer and treatments. It also produces a range of publications.
This charity provides support and advice to anyone affected by breast cancer.
From its website: “When your world has been turned upside down by breast cancer we provide personalised support to help put your life back together. We offer assessments, counselling, and therapies to help with the emotional and physical side-effects of breast cancer and treatments. We also offer help with healthy eating and exercise and you can join one of our support groups.”
CANCER RESEARCH UK (ok, so not 100% dedicated to breast cancer but they have a dedicated breast cancer research team)
According to its website: “From studying the biology of breast cancer cells in the lab to leading clinical trials testing cutting-edge treatments, our researchers are working hard to ensure more women survive breast cancer.”
The charity aims to educate and remind young people in the UK about the importance of understanding their bodies and that checking their breasts could save their lives. From its website: “We’re here to help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating you on the importance of getting to know your boobs and pecs!”
“We like to talk about a serious message in a light-hearted way, empowering people to start healthy habits for life.”
This charity was founded by mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie who were determined that no one should face breast cancer alone. During their own treatment, they put on an ambitious fundraising event. Tragically, both women lost their lives to the disease within a year of each other in 2009. But their legacy lives on and more than £6.3 million has been raised for support, awareness and research.
The charity focuses on a number of campaigns to create awareness and fund research projects with a main focus on secondary breast cancer.
According to its website this charity, “is a patient and family focused charity dedicated to giving hope to women and men living with secondary breast cancer. We strive to do this by raising awareness and funding medical research that will contribute to advancing an increased quality of life for patients. Our community programme supports patients and families affected by this incurable disease.”
From its website: “The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer, or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment.”
Its website lists the more than 150 charities who have received grants.
This charity funds vital research that is seeking a cure for secondary breast cancer.
In 2020 it provided a grant to fund the second year of a research project, led by Dr Seth Coffelt, at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research at Glasgow University. The team is studying the relationship between cancer and the immune system with the ultimate goal of developing new immunotherapies that counteract cancer spread.
This information was updated in April 2021.