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Support ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cancer Research UK recently held a parliamentary event to outline their ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign.

Cancer survival rates lag behind the best in Europe, and in England nearly half of all cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. The new campaign will highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis.

Cancer Research UK says that support for public awareness campaigns, increasing screening uptake and ensuring equal access to innovative evidence-based treatments are key to saving more lives.

Meg said:

“We cannot underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has, but the good news is that Cancer Research UK is making huge advances in the battle against the disease. But with more than three people diagnosed with cancer every hour in Yorkshire and the Humber it’s vital that we detect cancer earlier. I back the Cross Cancer Out campaign - the political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research.”

Layla Theiner, Head of Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK, said:

“The increase in the lifetime risk of getting cancer is primarily because more people are surviving into old age, when the disease is more common. We can’t avoid growing older, but we can prevent a crisis in the future by acting now to make our NHS cancer services among the best in the world.

However without increased political support we could see the death toll from cancer rising in the UK and so early diagnosis and better treatments must be key priorities for the next government”.

 

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