What animals are used in cancer research? 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.
Are animals tested for cancer? 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.
Does the UK do animal testing? According to the EU reports, the UK conducts the highest number of animal experiments in Europe (2.4 million in 2018). Germany is the second highest user completing 2.1 million experiments in 2018, while France is third with 1.9 million experiments that year.
Does Breast Cancer UK test on animals? “Our collaboration with Animal Free Research UK demonstrates our commitment to ensuring animals don’t suffer in the name of breast cancer research.” Today animal-free techniques in medical research are at the forefront of exciting new developments. Both charities firmly believe the future is bright for cancer research.