Ahead of the official opening on Tuesday 17th May, The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden has made significant headway in the fight against breast cancer.
Cancer claims more than eight million lives each year around the world. To put this number into context, it’s roughly the equivalent of losing the entire population of London to cancer every year.*
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012 (second most common cancer overall). This represents about 12% of all new cancer cases and 25% of all cancers in women.**
The Ralph Lauren centre for breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden is pioneering the redevelopment of an existing pharmacological therapy. The aim of the centre is to identify molecular differences between tumours in order to ensure the optimal treatment of individual breast cancer patients. In turn, this will reduce recurrence and mortality from the disease as well as eliminate unnecessary toxicity from unnecessary treatments.
Ralph Lauren has been committed to the fight against breast cancer for more than 20 years. In the late 1980s, Mr Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. Shortly after the removal of the tumour, he was moved to take action when his close friend Nina Hyde, Washington Post Fashion Editor, shared her breast cancer diagnosis with him. In 2014, Mr Lauren and The Duke of Cambridge announced the partnership between Ralph Lauren and the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe – The Royal Marsden; one of Princess Diana's favourite charities.