Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank
Money raised in 2014 will also allow us to continue to invest in vital research projects across the UK so that new interventions, new treatments, and better information and support reach patients quickly and efficiently.
We are optimistic about the future. Working together in partnership, Asda colleagues, customers and suppliers are helping us raise awareness and ultimately save more lives. Thank you for your continued support.
When the world's leading scientists told us that the biggest barrier to rapid progress was a lack of access to high quality tissue, we were determined to remove it by launching The Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank. Tissue samples are the closest a scientist can get to the actual disease before testing in patients, so a huge amount of breast cancer research relies on significant volumes of high quality samples. By increasing access to such samples, we will accelerate research; and by standardising the collection of tissue, results will be more reliable, bringing greater benefits to patients, faster.
Asda is a founding partner of the Tissue Bank and money raised by Tickled Pink in 2014 will enable Breast Cancer Campaign to continue supporting the Bank, which is vital to research and a major step forward towards finding the cures for all breast cancers.
We now have over 30,000 samples from more than 5,000 patients and these samples are available to all breast cancer researchers across the UK and Ireland.
In addition, for some of the patients who donated tissue to the Bank we have at least five years’ worth of anonymous information about their disease. This is valuable information for researchers to help understand how to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer for patients in the future.
One of our centres has been undertaking cutting edge work and growing human breast cell cultures from donated tumour samples. This unique and valuable resource has recently been made available to researchers, and Tickled Pink has helped us to achieve this.