David Drew MP asks Stroud to get behind World Cancer Day...

David Drew MP asks Stroud to get behind World Cancer Day...

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David Drew MP gave his support to those affected by cancer and the NHS staff who care for them at a special Westminster event for World Cancer Day, earlier this week

The Stroud MP met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show [his/her] support for all those working to ensure more people survive cancer.

Every year, 3,500 people in Stroud are diagnosed with cancer and in the UK 1 in 2 people*  will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.

World Cancer Day is an opportunity for people, organisations and countries to work together, raise awareness and take action to beat cancer.

David Drew MP said: “World Cancer Day helps to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge and the role we can all play in the fight against the disease. Cancer affects us all – here in the UK and all around the world. We can all work together to beat it, not just the hard-working researchers and NHS staff who help to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

“Small actions really can make a big difference to the lives of people with cancer. That’s why I’m urging people in [constituency] to show their  support all year round.”

Early diagnosis is a vital part of ensuring more people survive cancer. The Government has made a commitment to diagnose 75% of cancer cases in England at stage one or stage two by 2028.

However, to reach this target  the NHS needs a long-term plan for the cancer workforce. Without this, there will not be enough specialist staff to meet the present pressures or cope with the growing and ageing population.  

Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said: “A big thank you to David Drew for joining us to raise awareness on World Cancer Day.

“Parliament has a big part to play in ensuring we work together to beat cancer sooner, and the shared ambition to diagnose more cancers earlier in the years ahead is a welcome one.

“Now to achieve a truly world-leading service and reach our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034, we need to fill current vacancies in the cancer workforce and invest for the long term to produce NHS cancer professionals for today and generations to come.”


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