This week I met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK in Parliament to learn about the importance of diagnosing cancer early to help save lives and to show solidarity with all those working to ensure more people survive .
Every year, 3600 people in Gwent are diagnosed with cancer and in the UK 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.
World Cancer Day this week (4th February) was an opportunity for people, organisations and countries to work together, raise awareness and take action to beat cancer.
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.
World Cancer Day helps to highlight the scale of the challenge and how we can all play a part in the fight against the disease, no matter how big or small. That’s why I’m urging people in Newport East to show their support – all year round.
Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research, investing over £500m a year.
Survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years and the charity’s work has been at the heart of this progress, but more support is needed to help speed up life-saving advances.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.