Cancer Research UK has set a goal that within 20 years, 3 in 4 of all diagnosed cancer patients will survive at least 10 years. Every year there are an estimated 732 Carshalton and Wallington residents who die from cancer-related deaths.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, joined Cancer Research UK scientists in Westminster to find out more about the charity’s inspiring new plan to accelerate progress and help save more lives in London.
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. 2 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive their disease for at least 10 years, compared to just 1 in 4 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 10 years. However, despite the success, Cancer Research UK believes much more can be done to help more people in London and across the UK beat cancer sooner.
Tom Brake said, “The good news is that there have been significant steps forward for cancer patients and more people are surviving this horrendous disease. We have come a long way but there’s still lots to be done!
We are so fortunate to have The Royal Marsden world-leading cancer centre in Sutton and I am positive that through Cancer Research UK and all of our support, we will be able to improve survival through the earlier diagnosis of cancer and greater access to the best treatment possible.”
Sara Osborne, Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK said, “It’s great to have Tom’s support to highlight the vital role MPs and their constituents can play in helping tackle all cancers.
We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of those with cancer diagnosis and their families.
As more people are diagnosed with the disease, it’s essential that we speed up our progress. We need the public and the MPs 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 campaign work, visit cruk.org/campaigns.