Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, attended an event in Parliament yesterday to show his support for World Cancer Day today.

Robin met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.

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

Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer CareAnthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation are calling on people across Worcester to show their support by wearing a Unity Band with pride today

The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people come together. One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Robin said:

“Today is World Cancer Day and I’m calling on people in Worcester to join me by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media.”

“Whether you want to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity to those going through treatment or remember loved ones – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and help reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.”

“More people in Worcestershire are now surviving cancer and it’s positive that we have all of these new facilities to ensure patients are accessing supportive and excellent care.”

Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer, and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.

Notes to Editors:

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
  • For more information, go to www.cancerresearchuk.org

About Anthony Nolan

  • Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves and improves the lives of people with blood cancer
  • Anthony Nolan was the world’s first bone marrow register. The blood cancer charity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow or stem cells to patients in desperate need of a transplant.
  • Anthony Nolan also conducts pioneering research to help make stem cell transplants more successful
  • We need more young men aged 16-30 to join the register, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 15% of the register.
  • Currently, only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best possible match, and this drops dramatically to 20.5% if you’re from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background. By building and diversifying our register we will be able to provide the best match to even more people with blood cancer.
  • For more information, go to www.anthonynolan.org

About Breast Cancer Care

When you have breast cancer, everything changes. Time becomes measured in appointments. The next scan. The next results. The next challenge.

At Breast Cancer Care, we understand the emotions, challenges and decisions you face every day. So, from the day you notice something’s not right to the day you begin to move forward, we’ll be here to help you through.

Whether you want to speak to our nurses, download our specialist information or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now, we can help you feel more in control.

For care, support and information from day one, call our nurses free on 0808 800 6000 or visit http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

About The Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health. These funds deliver breakthrough research and support services to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives.

The Foundation is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world in November when men become walking talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven, and then grow and groom their moustache all month long.

The Movember journey began in 2003 with a few mates in a pub in Melbourne, Australia. The goal was simple – to create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among like-minded people and have fun along the way. The movement is about real men growing real moustaches, talking about real issues to help change the face of men’s health.

Since 2003, five million have joined the Movember men’s health movement around the world and raised £400m, funding over 1000 programmes through impact investments that focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.