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Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

You may wish to fundraise yourself, with family and friends or within your local group. Whatever the idea, be it large or small, we know you will have a great time raising vital funds for Big C.

Did you know we have 12 charity shops across Norfolk including a dedicated Craft Supplies Shop, Furniture Emporium, Bridal and a high-end fashion Boutique? We are always looking for high quality donations.

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers including in our Support Centres, shops and at our Fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to spend some free time, meet new people, and gain experience.

Help us build a new Cancer Support Centre in Norwich. Support our vision to bring greater cancer care nearer to home. Donate now.

Anti-cancer properties of natural carbohydrates

Anti-cancer properties of natural carbohydrates

£53,633 in spring 2009 to the Institute of Food Research for a project to study the anti-cancer properties of carbohydrates derived from fruit and vegetables.

The surface of every cell contains complex branched carbohydrates.  These carbohydrates interact with receptor molecules to influence whether a cell divides, stays in one place or migrates to another part of the body.

When a cell becomes cancerous biological structures which are normally masked in healthy tissue become available, resulting in abnormal cell responses.

This project focuses on two such structures, a carbohydrate called the TF antigen and a receptor called galectin-3, which are overproduced in many cancer cells and accelerate cancer invasion.  The aim is to determine whether dietary carbohydrates derived from fruit and vegetable pectins can inhibit this interaction by competing for the same receptor, thus slowing down progression of some cancers.  Natural carbohydrates have the advantage of being non toxic therapies plus the long term potential of protection in the diet.

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Find out how Big C can support you and your family if you’ve been affected by cancer.

We can help to improve your quality of life, physical health, and mental wellbeing.

Some people take to the skies, run, jump, walk, swim and cycle whilst others make tea, bake cakes or shave heads.

What will you do to make a difference?

Two men from Norfolk who found themselves with cancer and having to travel for treatment, vowed local people would have access to the best treatment and support … and in 1980 the Big C Appeal was formed.