World Cancer Day

12th February 2019

Former Health Minister Philip Dunne 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, last week.

The South Shropshire MP met campaigners from Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show his support for all those working to ensure more people survive cancer.

Every year, 1,900 people in South Shropshire 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 in February is an opportunity for people, organisations and countries to work together, raise awareness and take action to beat cancer.

Mr Dunne 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 South Shropshire to raise their awareness all year round.”

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

Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said:

“A big thank you to Philip Dunne 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.”

Philip Dunne MP backs World Cancer Day

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