Are animals used in cancer research? Animals are used in our research to help us understand the mechanisms that underpin cancer, such as the growth and spread of tumours, and to develop new ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing the disease. Our work at the ICR mainly uses mice, which can grow tumours which mimic those of human cancer patients.
Is chemo tested on animals? And it’s a legal requirement in this country that all new drugs (not just cancer drugs) must be tested in animals before they’re given to people, to make sure that they’re safe to use.
What animal is being used to study cancer? At present, most of the animal models commonly used in cancer research are small animal models, such as mice, rats, zebrafish, fruit flies and so on. Among them, mice and zebrafish are the most widely used.
Is cancer Council tested on animals? Our internal research conducted at Cancer Council does not involve animals. Some of the external research conducted in universities, hospitals and medical research institutions in the past has involved animals and the majority of these would have been mice.