Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has pledged his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in his constituency and across the UK.
Robin attended a parliamentary event held by the charity in Westminster last week (8 July) to speak to Cancer Research UK about how MPs can help keep cancer at the top of the new parliament’s agenda. With one in two people now set to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, the charity says the political drive to beat the disease must keep pace with the progress in research.
UK cancer survival rates are still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the fight against cancer and Worcestershire has seen more investment in cutting edge cancer treatment with the opening of the Worcestershire Radiotherapy Unit at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
At the event, Mr Walker met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors and received local cancer statistics for Worcester, which underline the need for MPs to keep up the fight against the disease.
Robin has been a long standing supporter of the fight against cancer, notably through his support of the new radiotherapy unit and the new breast cancer unit in Worcester which will be working in conjunction with the Haven cancer charity. He has also led campaigns to raise funds for local hospices, to improve radiotherapy nationally and to keep head and neck cancer surgery in the County.
“We must not underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on people in Worcester now and in the future, so it gives me hope to hear that Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research is turning the tables on the disease. I know all too well the pain and suffering that cancer has brought to too many families and I want to see further progress in taking it on.”
“The outlook for new and better cancer treatments in the UK is bright. However, it is clear that there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping to detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster. Every life lost to this terrible disease is one too many and that’s why I’m supporting Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer sooner.”
Layla Theiner, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said:
“Without increased political support we could see the death toll from cancer rising in the UK and so we’re grateful to Robin Walker MP for helping to highlight the power of research in beating the disease.
“Survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we can’t do it alone.
“Investment in creating the right environment in the UK to not only enable and foster research, but also to help prevent cancer and give patients the best possible access to treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”
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For more information please visit cruk.org.
The Conservative Government has announced that the NHS will receive £10 billion in extra funding during the lifetime of the current Parliament above the rate of inflation and has launched a number of initiatives to fight cancer including the cancer drugs fund, advanced radiotherapy pilots and more testing and screening.
For details of the Breast Unit Campaign see:
For details of the Worcestershire Radiotherapy Unit see:
For Robin’s support for innovative radiotherapy see:
About Cancer Research UK:
- Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
- Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Today, two in four people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that three in four people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.