Bill Wiggin MP joined the fight against cancer this week.
Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire joined Cancer Research UK scientists in Westminster on Wednesday 2 July to find out more about the charity’s work in the West Midlands.
Cancer Research UK want, within 20years, three in four of all cancer patients diagnosed to survive for at least ten years.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “The good news is that there have been significant steps forward for cancer patients. More people are surviving the disease and living longer and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of this progress.
But there is more to be done to help people beat cancer.
I want the people of Herefordshire who have to deal with cancer to be diagnosed as soon as possible and be able to access the very best treatments we know about.
I wholeheartedly support Cancer Research UK’s aim to improve survival through the earlier diagnosis of cancer and greater access to the best treatment possible and I wish them luck in their efforts to achieve this.”
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 West Midlands, this means that around 14,000* people each year can now expect to survive the disease for at least ten years.
Sara Osborne, Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK said: “It’s great to have Bill Wiggin’s support to highlight the vital role MPs and their constituents can play in helping to tackle all cancers.
“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. We know that early diagnosis and access to the best possible treatments saves lives. We need the public and MPs to get behind us and help make our ambition possible. In the next two decades we can, and will, transform the outlook for cancer patients.”
For more information on how to get involved in Cancer Research UK’s campaigning work, visit cruk.org/campaigns.