ANDY SLAUGHTER MP UNITES WITH LOCAL CAMPAIGNER TO FIGHT CANCER
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter joined forces with a dedicated cancer campaigner to highlight Cancer Research UK’s ambition to help more people survive.
He met Becky Cook to find out the part he could 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.
Andy Slaughter MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet Becky and listen to her story. I want to do what I can to help beat cancer sooner.”
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 London, this means that around 14,000* people each year can now expect to survive the disease for at least ten years.
But despite the successes, Cancer Research UK believes much more can be done to help more people in London and across the UK beat cancer sooner.
Becky was one of over 100 Cancer Research UK Ambassadors who came to Westminster in early July to meet their MPs and highlight the importance of parliamentary support to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.
Becky, aged 27 and a cancer researcher said: “I’m really excited to have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s day of action, because I know that this is a great way to help make a difference.
“I feel passionate about supporting Cancer Research UK’s work. So many people are diagnosed with cancer and it’s vital that we do all we can to help save more lives.”
She continued: “It was fantastic to meet Andy and discuss my reasons for becoming a Cancer Research UK Campaigns Ambassador and why early diagnosis matters to me personally. Cancer Research UK is making huge progress but we need the help and support of MPs like Andy Slaughter to help more cancer patients survive.”
Becky, urged Andy to write to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP, asking him to back measures to improve early diagnosis, including public awareness campaigns and increased participation in the bowel cancer screening programme.
On the day Andy also had the opportunity to participate in interactive experiments with cancer researchers, learning about the biology of cancer and cutting-edge work to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter, said: “It was fascinating to learn about the latest cancer research. The charity’s pioneering research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is helping to save millions of lives. It’s vital that we continue to support their work and do everything we can to help beat cancer sooner.”
For more information on how to get involved in Cancer Research UK’s campaigning work, visit cruk.org/campaignsEnds