I recently met with Cancer Research UK scientists in Parliament to find out more about the charity’s new plan to accelerate progress and help save more lives in Oldham, Saddleworth and across the North West.
I attended the Cancer Research ‘Showcase’ where I met with the charity’s scientists, to find out the part I can play in helping to achieve Cancer Research UK’s ambition that within 20 years three in four of all cancer patients diagnosed will survive at least ten years.
There have been major advances in the fight against cancer over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Two in four people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive their disease for at least ten years, compared to just one in four in the early 1970s. In the North West, this means that around 19,000* people each year can now expect to survive cancerfor at least ten years.
But despite the successes, Cancer Research UK believes much more can be done to help more people in the North West and across the UK beat cancer sooner. I support Cancer Research UK’s aim to improve survival through the earlier diagnosis of cancer and greater access to the best treatment possible.
We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of those with a cancer diagnosis and their families. As more people are diagnosed with the disease, it’s essential that we speed up our progress. Early diagnosis and access to the best possible treatments are vital as they save lives.
There are around 38,800 people diagnosed with cancer in the North West region each year. Using predicted 10 year survival data for England and Wales for patients diagnosed in 2010 Cancer Research UK estimate that 19,326 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.