NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre
Our Research:

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Assessing cancer risk, developing screening strategies and biomarkers to identify cancer sooner and matching an individual to the intervention most likely to work for them to help prevent pre-cancerous conditions progressing into cancer.

Research shows 40% of cancers are preventable and most could be detected earlier. Combined prevention and early detection strategies offer the best chance of cancer cure and reduce morbidity and healthcare costs associated with radical treatment.

Our vision is to reduce cancer burden across society, especially in underserved communities, by implementing precision-prevention strategies and detecting cancer at the earliest possible opportunity. Our aims are to identify those at high risk of cancers, to develop acceptable, cost-effective, non-invasive tests for early detection and tailor prevention interventions to individuals, whilst improving our understanding of health inequity.

We will focus on cancers at higher incidence and mortality in Greater Manchester and those most responsive to prevention and early detection interventions. Our ‘team research’ approach will foster an environment where the best interdisciplinary teams work together with patients and the public to improve the health of our population and beyond.

Our Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Theme contains these programmes:

  • Risk
  • Early detection
  • Prevention
  • Health Inequalities