Cancer Research and Irish Cancer Society get hundreds of millions of pounds donated to them every year to try and beat cancer.
However most of us who spare our change for these charities don’t know what the money specifically goes towards.
In 2016/2017 Cancer Research specifically spent £666 million from money raised during the financial year.
£473 million went towards beating cancer
Of that £432 million went towards research and £41 on policy and information activities.
£108 million went towards fundraising and the remaining £85 million went towards running their shop network and events.
A graph outlying the breakdown can be seen below.
As for the Irish Cancer Society, they gain about £20 million a year in donations on average.
Of that £20 million, £15.6 million goes towards Cancer research and services.
£3.8 million goes towards fundraising and the remaining £600,000 goes towards administration costs.
With all this money being spent on cancer the obvious question is how close are we really to curing cancer?
We are closer than we have ever been before in 2017, but not there yet.
It is believed that immunotherapy is becoming more important to defeat cancer, and that radiotherapy and chemotherapy have been disappointing looking at further cures.
Survival has gradually been improving over the years but due to the variety of cancers it is unlikely there will be a single cure for all of them.
Testicular cancer is an example as there has seen a survival rate increase from 69% to 98% in the last 40 years.
However for now we can only rely on donations to these charities to keep cancer research funded and hope for the best.