Richard Thomson MP has spoken in support for all those working to ensure more people survive their cancer during and after the pandemic, as he took part in a virtual Cancer Research UK event to mark World Cancer Day.
Taking place in February each year, World Cancer Day is an international initiative that inspires individuals and communities to unite against cancer.
With the pandemic meaning in-person events aren’t possible, Mr Thomson logged on to link up with Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show his support for protecting cancer services at this crucial time.
Though survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK, there is still much more work to do and the pressures of COVID-19 have had a huge impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Mr Thomson said: “Cancer unfortunately doesn’t stop during the pandemic, and events like this are an important reminder that, however tough things are right now, we all still have a part to play to beat the disease.
“We all want cancers to be caught as early as possible and the best outcomes possible for patients. It’s amazing to see the advances we have made - I hope people in Gordon show their support however they can as we all work together to ensure our NHS can help those who need it most.”
Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least a decade.
Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said: “A big thank you to Mr Thomson for joining us to raise awareness on World Cancer Day, even if we’re not able to do it in person this year.
“It’s been a tough year for what the pandemic has meant not only for cancer care but also research. We’re expecting to see fundraising income decline by £160m this financial year and by £300m over three years as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Uniting to beat cancer has never been more important.
“That’s why we want to work together with Mr Thomson in the months ahead to secure a long term strategy to help recover, rebuild and rethink how we transform cancer services to help the patients of today and tomorrow, protect vital services and ensure we’re investing and building on years of scientific breakthroughs, not falling behind.”
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