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The Estée Lauder Beauty Box launches to­mor­row – it costs £25 with £15 going to Breast Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion (BCRF) – and con­tains more than £91 worth of good­ies, in­clud­ing Clinique eye cream and lip balm, Estée Lauder foam cleanser and Smash­box mas­cara. Each box in­cludes a pink rib­bon you can wear to show your sup­port for the cam­paign. One in eight women in the UK de­velop breast can­cer in their life­time; al­most eight in ten will sur­vive the dis­ease for ten years or more.

The late Eve­lyn Lauder be­gan the first breast can­cer cam­paign in 1992, co-cre­at­ing the Pink Rib­bon to raise aware­ness. In the 25 years since then, Estée Lauder breast can­cer cam­paign has raised more than £52 mil­lion for global re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal ser­vices and funded 225 re­search grants.

El­iz­a­beth has been the cam­paign’s global am­bas­sador for more than 20 years.

The UK Breast Can­cer Cam­paign Beauty Box sold out in less than a week last year and raised £60,000 for BCRF.

One BCRF-funded re­search pro­gramme at London’s Royal Mars­den Hos­pi­tal is a trial of anti-oe­stro­gen drugs and ther­a­pies for breast can­cer pa­tients. An­other, at Brighton and Sus­sex Med­i­cal School, is look­ing at what can be done to al­le­vi­ate stress lev­els in breast can­cer pa­tients.

So far, in 2017, the BCRF has in­vested more than £1 mil­lion in UK re­search. Nearly £10 mil­lion has been raised in Bri­tain since the cam­paign be­gan. This year, to mark its 25th an­niver­sary, the cam­paign has a new mis­sion: to help cre­ate a breast-can­cer-free world.

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