South Shropshire MP, Philip Dunne, met the national bone and soft tissue cancer charity, Sarcoma UK, at the House of Commons during Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month.
The charity works to support children, teenagers, and young adults diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare cancer that can affect any part of the body. All subtypes of sarcoma can be grouped into soft tissue sarcomas and bone sarcomas. It is the third most common cancer in this age group in the UK, with one diagnosis every day.
Sarcoma UK is the only cancer charity focusing on all types of sarcoma. It funds vital research, provides support for those affected and campaigns for better treatments. To date, the charity has invested over £5 million in 74 research projects and helped more than 3,200 individuals through its support services launched in February 2016.
Sarcomas have a lower survival rate than the average children, teenagers, and young adult cancer patients, with a 15% lower likelihood of surviving for five years. Raising awareness of the unique challenges that young people with sarcoma face can lead to better outcomes.
Commenting Philip Dunne said:
“I was pleased meet Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK, Richard Davidson to learn more about this rare cancer in young people.
“It is clear to see that more needs to be done to support young people, and to improve their experience through specialised services and research. Change is urgently needed.
“It’s good that see this charity is raising public awareness about sarcoma and its symptoms, while funding vital research into better treatments and supporting patients and loved ones through the Sarcoma UK Support Line”.
Photo: Philip Dunne MP with Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK, Richard Davidson