STEPHEN Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock, has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives locally and across the UK as a whole.
Mr Metcalfe recently attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK in Westminster to find out how he can keep cancer at the top of the new Parliament’s agenda.
Over the course of this Parliament, two million people will be diagnosed with cancer across the UK, so Cancer Research UK needs political support in order to continue to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.
Cancer survival in the UK is still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
At the event, he met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors. He found out how many people are diagnosed with cancer each year according to the latest data, underlining the need for MPs to join the fight against the disease.
Mr Metcalfe said: “We must not underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on people 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.
“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 prevent and detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster.
“As many families who have experienced the fight against cancer know all too well, one 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.”
Matt Davies, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said: “At Cancer Research UK, we’re resolute in our ambition to see 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034. To achieve this we need cancer at the top of the political agenda and so we’re grateful to Stephen for helping to highlight the importance of research and action in beating the disease.
“Survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we cannot do it alone.
“Creating the right environment for cancer research alongside cancer prevention, early diagnosis and ensuring patients have access to the best possible treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”
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