Earlier this week, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake showed his support for cancer patients and Cancer Research UK staff at a special Westminster event for World Cancer Day.
Tom met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK, a leading cancer charity, to learn about their latest research. The organisation works to provide research for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer.
Every year, about 990 people in Carshalton and Wallington are diagnosed with cancer. In the UK, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.
The Government has made a commitment to diagnose 75% of cancer cases in England at stage one or stage two by 2028. This is vital for increasing cancer survival rates.
The NHS needs to help make this happen by providing a long-term plan for the cancer workforce. Cancer research cannot continue to make great strides without enough specialist staff to meet the present pressures or cope with the growing and ageing population.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"World Cancer Day helps to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge and the role we can all play in the fight against the disease.
"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.
"Small actions really can make a big difference to the lives of people with cancer. That’s why I’m urging people in Carshalton & Wallington to show their support all year round."
Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said:
"A big thank you to Tom Brake for joining us to raise awareness on World Cancer Day. Parliament has a big part to play in ensuring we work together to beat cancer sooner, and the shared ambition to diagnose more cancers earlier in the years ahead is a welcome one.
"Now to achieve a truly world-leading service and reach our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034, we need to fill current vacancies in the cancer workforce and invest for the long term to produce NHS cancer professionals for today and generations to come."