When a disease causes more than a quarter of all world deaths, you know that scientific research into its prevention and treatment are paramount. Chances are you know a close friend of family member that was taken from the world too soon by some form of cancer. It's such a ubiquitous plight upon the human race that sadly it's hard to imagine a world without it.
But there are people working all over the world to create that world, one step at a time. While it may not seem like much progress has been made, in the last 15 years the disease has come from being a death sentence to a problem with a potential solution. Over the last decade alone, death rates from cancer in the UK has dropped by 10 per cent, which is a stunning figure when you stop and think about it.
Yet there is still a long way to go in reducing the impact of the prolific disease in the future - and that's where places like Cancer Research UK come in, funding various research projects which hope to eventually stamp out the dreaded disease for good. Recently, there has been a breakthrough that may be a major step towards that goal.