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Meg Munn MP Endorses Launch of Lifeblood’s Stop the Clots Campaign

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, has pledged her support for a new campaign to raise awareness of the potential danger of blood clots (thrombosis). Meg attended the parliamentary launch in December of Lifeblood: the Thrombosis Charity, which was held in partnership with Aventis Pharma in the House of Commons. Over one hundred and fifty MPs, Peers, doctors, researchers and people who have lost family members due to the fatal effects of a blood clot, attended the “Stop the Clots” reception.

The founder of the charity, Dr Beverley Hunt (Co-Director of Pathology, St Thomas’s Hospital London) spoke to guests about this dangerous condition. She emphasised a frightening statistic: deaths in the UK each year due to blood clots are greater than the combined deaths from breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and road traffic accidents.

Meg said, “It is a significant worry that blood clots are a leading killer in the UK, if undiagnosed and untreated. They cause over 33,000 deaths each year and are the major cause of death in pregnant women, but scientific understanding of the condition has only recently emerged. Blood clots must be raised on the healthcare agenda to that more research can be done. Although doctors know how blood clots are caused in general, what many don’t know is that they can easily be prevented. I hope this launch of Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity, will help to increase medical research and public awareness, as more people need to know about how they can prevent and treat this condition.”


Photo attached - Meg at the Reception


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