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The Freemasons Grand Charity
Every year, over 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer across the UK. This is a cause close to the hearts of many Freemasons and since 2006 the Grand Charity has donated over £240,000 towards research into the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Last year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity awarded a grant of £100,000 to the Cancer Genetics team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) to help fund research that will focus on distinguishing between aggressive and non-aggressive forms of the disease.
The highly variable nature of prostate cancer can be problematic for its management and a high proportion of cases are over treated, leading to unnecessary impotence, while some are under-treated, leaving potentially aggressive cancers untreated. It is therefore vital that techniques are developed which allow men with aggressive cancers to be targeted and the remainder to be spared the side effects of such treatment. This research will focus on examining biomarkers secreted into urine by prostate cancer cells.
A critical problem in clinical management is that at the time of diagnosis it is not possible to reliably distinguish aggressive, from non-aggressive disease. The Grand Charity award will allow us to tackle this critical question head-on through the analysis of large amounts of information that have been already obtained from prostate cancer patients.
Professor Colin Cooper, lead researcher
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The Grand Charity has donated a total of £75,000 to flood relief in Lancashire and Yorkshire, in the wake of devastation caused by storms over the festive season. The donations will give continued support to individuals and families suffering as a result of flooding, and follow on from a £30,000 grant last month to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 and the province of Cumberland and Westmorland.
With record levels of rainfall in parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire thousands of homes have been flooded, with whole communities left without power and essential supplies. The money will go towards helping those in financial difficulty, as well as supporting local projects and rebuilding efforts.
The severe flooding across the north of England continues to cause untold misery and serious problems for many individuals and families. The charity has been particularly shocked by the adverse conditions and circumstances people have faced and we want to do everything we can to help them rebuild their lives.
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Freemasonry benefits both the Local & National Community
Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active role in their communities.
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