Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients, as news comes that one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
The new figure was announced on World Cancer Day (February 4) to highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population.
Huw Irranca-Davies MP attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK to mark World Cancer Day and encourage MPs to support their Cross Cancer Out campaign. In the run up to the UK General Election, the charity is calling on MPs to back measures to ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment and are diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference.
Currently, UK cancer survival rates are lagging behind the best in Europe and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Speaking about the campaign, Huw Irranca-Davies said, “We cannot underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on people in Ogmore now and in the future. The good news is that Cancer Research UK is making huge advances in the battle against the disease.”
“But with two people diagnosed with cancer every hour in Wales and this number set to rise, it’s vital that we detect cancer earlier across the UK.”
“I’m backing the Cross Cancer Out campaign, because it’s clear that MPs have a crucial role to play in helping to beat cancer sooner. The political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research.”